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Laurence Coupe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071126

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071126.001.0001

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‘Go moan for man’: Jack Kerouac and the beatific vision

‘Go moan for man’: Jack Kerouac and the beatific vision

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Beat Sound, Beat Vision
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Laurence Coupe

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071126.003.0003

This chapter takes a look at Jack Kerouac, who provided the understanding of ‘Beat’ as ‘beatific’, and who also gave the fullest sense of what literature as spiritual quest might involve – although this aspect of his achievements is often neglected. It identifies the connotations of the word ‘Beat’ and tries to consider three aspects of Kerouac's work.

Keywords:   Jack Kerouac, Beat, beatific, literature, spiritual quest, connotations

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