The Hippie Narrative: A Literary Perspective on the Counterculture (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Feb 12, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 263 pages
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The Hippie movement of the 1960s helped change modern societal attitudes toward ethnic and cultural diversity, environmental accountability, spiritual expressiveness, and the justification of war. With roots in the Beat literary movement of the late 1950s, the hippie perspective also advocated a bohemian lifestyle which expressed distaste for hypocrisy and materialism yet did so without the dark, somewhat forced undertones of their predecessors. This cultural revaluation which developed as a direct response to the dark days of World War II created a counterculture which came to be at the epicenter of an American societal debate and, ultimately, saw the beginnings of postmodernism. Focusing on 1962 through 1976, this book takes a constructivist look at the hippie era's key works of prose, which in turn may be viewed as the literary canon of the counterculture. It examines the ways in which these works, with their tendency toward whimsy and spontaneity, are genuinely reflective of the period. Arranged chronologically, the discussed works function as a lens for viewing the period as a whole, providing a more rounded sense of the hippie Zeitgeist that shaped and inspired the period. Among the 15 works represented are One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Crying of Lot 49, Trout Fishing in America, Siddhartha, Stranger in a Strange Land, Slaughterhouse Five and The Fan Man.
  

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Contents

Ginsberg Kerouac and Burroughs The Vectoring Legacy of the Beats
9
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest 1962 Shock Therapy Surreally
22
Sometimes a Great Notion 1964 A Frontier Duality
37
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me and The Crying of Lot 49 1966 A Chic Cabal
54
Trout Fishing in America 1967 Its All in the Presentation
65
Siddhartha 1922 The Spiritual Quest
85
Stranger in a Strange Land 1961 The Ecstasy of Grokking
92
The Electric KoolAid Acid Test 1968 Intersubjectivity
104
Divine Rights Trip 1971 The Last Whole Earth
161
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1971 Going Gonzo
176
The Fan Man 1974 Missed Bliss of the Love Chorus
193
Another Roadside Attraction 1971 and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1976 A Shifting Zeitgeist
202
An Essay on Slouching Hippies and Hitchhiking
217
Postmodernism Reconstructed
231
Bibliography
241
Index
247

The Armies of the Night 1968 MetaJournalism InstaHistory
129
SlaughterhouseFive 1969 So It Goes
143

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Scott MacFarlane lives in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington.

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