Capturing the Beat Moment and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$36.10
Qty:1
  • List Price: $38.00
  • Save: $1.90 (5%)
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Capturing the Beat Moment... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence Paperback – November 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0809330133 ISBN-10: 080933013X Edition: 1st Edition

Buy New
Price: $36.10
10 New from $33.57 10 Used from $24.55
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$36.10
$33.57 $24.55
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

$36.10 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

Review

“Mortenson’s revisionist study keeps a steady eye on the historical and cultural milieu of Beat writers, drawing on critical theory, feminism, and race/ethnicity studies to explore the movement’s larger impact on U.S. culture during the Cold War. This is a brilliant contribution to cultural poetics.”

—Michael Davidson, author of Guys Like Us: Citing Masculinity in Cold War Poetics



120 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

Mortensen's concise and insightful book is a major contribution to studies in Beat literature. Every chapter engages with an important topic, for example, sexuality, the role of photography, visionary experience, concepts of utopia in William Burroughs and Ken Kesey, and the mid-20th-century obsession with authenticity. The author's comments on the Beats and existentialism clarify a murky relationship. Mortensen (Koe Univ., Istanbul) makes judicious use of literary theorists (especially Deleuze and Guattari) without neglecting the cultural and historical contexts of the period. He manages to do justice to women writers especially in relation to the conceptions of the orgasm, providing a full critique of Wilhelm Reich's influence. He also does justice to African American writers and to neglected figures like poet Lenore Kandel. The black-and-white illustrations are well chosen and include book covers, photographs, and works of art. The footnotes are stimulating, and most are a generous paragraph long. The indexing is thorough and the bibliography full. This is one of the best studies of Beat writers in recent times. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. -- B. Almon, University of Alberta



(B. Almon CHOICE 2011-06-01)

About the Author

Erik Mortenson is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has published essays on the Beats in a number of journals and in several books. 

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080933013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809330133
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,678,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Throughout the years I've read countless works by and about the Beats. I thought I understood their motivations. The beauty of this book is it helps both the casual reader and the academic re-examine the movement's focus on immediacy. Mortenson clearly knows his stuff, and while reading it I was often surprised at how much I misunderstood these writers and thinkers. Mortenson includes all the heavy-hitters as well as the more underground players. The book also helped me see the movement from a different angle I didn't expect. It's invaluable to anyone studying this important time in American history, and it's an important resource for those focusing on the cultural significance of these writers. I highly recommend it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again