Junkie on the Road: William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac

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Sommersemester 2019

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154648 Junkie on the Road: William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac 2 PS Do 12:15 - 13:45 R. 0.406 Berendt-Metzner
Course Description

“Poets. Novelists. Drinkers, users and abusers. Spiritual seekers. Thieves. Americans. A group of explorers, tied together through the bond of not having a place in society’s handbook, and not wanting one. The Beats, as in beaten down, beatific and beautiful, were a collective of writers, artists and thinkers that congregated in 1950s San Francisco. They challenged the status quo and wrote honestly about their experience with sex, Eastern philosophy and drugs. They pioneered the value of spontaneous creativity and the belief that whatever was written in the moment contained truth, even if it didn’t fit the rules. Together they created an alternative to their decade’s dominant culture of conformity and consumption. Today their work continues to inspire curious minds to question, experiment and seek what is true over what is expected.” (The Beat Museum, San Francisco) In this seminar, we will read and discuss some of the works of two important authors from the Beat Generation, concentrating on William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. We will also look at some of the other Beat Poets such as Allen Ginsberg and at the music and art scene of the era, which undoubtedly was influenced by the Beats but also reciprocally had its impact on them. Individual or group presentations as well as short essays will contribute to participation in class, all other course requirements will be discussed in the first session.

This course is particularly recommended for students of the Angewandte Studiengänge.

Reading List
  • Literature to be bought and read:
    • Burroughs, William S. Junky: the Definitive Text of 'Junk'. Penguin Books, 2008.
      ISBN-13: 978-0141189826
    • Kerouac, Jack. On the Road. Penguin Books, 2000.
      ISBN-13: 978-0141182674

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Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
PO vor WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 1c, 2abc, 3ac
  • Komp: 1b, 2cd
Komp: 2a
PO ab WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 1c, 2abc, 3ac
  • Komp: 1b, 2cd
Komp: 2a