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Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility Hardcover – January 23, 2004

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“David Sterritt has followed up on the valuable scholarship of his 1998 study, Mad to Be Saved, with this equally excellent analysis. Combining his skills as an astute commentator on beat aesthetics, film, and the post-war ethos at large, he situates the beats squarely in a tradition that is not entirely literary, expanding our sense of their considerable impact on cultural genres that were simultaneously influencing them. This work contributes much to the current reappraisal of beat literature as art.”—Regina Weinreich, author of Kerouac’s Spontaneous Poetics: A Study of the Fiction and editor of Jack Kerouac’s Book of Haikus 

“Sterritt’s ability to cut across Beat literature, avant-garde film, bebop jazz, and sound composition is impressive. The writing is fresh, engaging, and eminently readable, and the application of critical theory is intelligently handled. Screening the Beats presents little-known material and treats familiar material in an original manner, reevaluating the sensibility of Beat writers in light of their personal adventurism, aesthetic experimentation, and social viewpoints.”—Ben Giamo, author of Kerouac, the Word and the Way: Prose Artist as Spiritual Quester

Screening the Beats is an extremely important piece of writing. The scholarship is superior. Each essay is finely crafted and easy to follow, and the order of the essays in the book allows for the arguments to accumulate salience. Audiences will not only welcome this book, but will in fact celebrate its appearance.”

James T. Jones, author of Jack Kerouac’s Duluoz Legend: The Mythic Form of an Autobiographical Fiction

About the Author

A film critic of the Christian Science Monitor for more than thirty years, David Sterritt is a professor of theater and film at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. His books include Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the ‘50s, and Film;The Films of Alfred Hitchcock; and The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (January 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809325632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809325634
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 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: #8,852,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
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This is like Part 2 of "Mad to be Saved," dealing with the beat generation in the movies. An amazing read.
Highly recommended!
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