The Beat Generation

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The Beat Generation

  1. 1. <ul>The Beat Generation an overview of the literary, cultural and artistic revolution during the 1950s </ul>
  2. 2. <ul>What are we going to analyze: </ul><ul><li>What was the Beat Generation (meaning of the term)
  3. 3. Main authors of the movement and the themes they analyzed
  4. 4. How the movement influenced the Western culture </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul>What did the term “ Beat ” mean? </ul><ul><li>1948: Jack Kerouac , the main author of the movement, introduces the phrase “Beat Generation” for first. </li></ul><ul>Jack Kerouac </ul>
  6. 6. <ul>“BEAT”: </ul><ul><li>“ tired” or “beaten down”
  7. 7. “ beatific” (with reference to the Oriental philosophy)
  8. 8. “ DEFEATED” </li></ul><ul>The man defeated by his own society, by its constrictions and rules to follow. </ul>
  9. 9. <ul>The movement: </ul><ul><li>Started in the late 1950s , after the Second World War
  10. 10. A revolutionary current , oppressed by the new consumistic society
  11. 11. Refused the standard of the American white middle-class man, characterized by consumism and racial discrimination </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul>The main actors: </ul><ul><li>Jack Kerouac
  13. 13. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  14. 14. Gregory Corso
  15. 15. Allen Ginsberg
  16. 16. William Burroughs </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>They started meeting with other young men at the Greenwich Village of New York, where they discussed and shared their works and ideas. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul>Main themes: </ul>1 Critic of the Vietnam War 2 Critic of the American System 3 Racial Discrimination 4 Subordinate Status of Women 5 Sexual Discrimination
  19. 19. <ul>The effects of the Beat Generation on the Western Culture </ul><ul><li>The rapid growth of a great interest in lifestyle experimentation
  20. 20. A break in the mainstream culture , by questioning traditional values of the society </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul>What have we learnt: </ul><ul><li>The Beat Generation, its meaning and development
  22. 22. The main characters of this movement
  23. 23. The influences it had on the Western culture
  24. 24. Its effects are still felt today </li></ul>

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