Norwegian Beat Culture

Reading Beat and Being Beat in Oslo in the 1950s

Authored by: Frida Forsgren

The Routledge Handbook of International Beat Literature

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415785457
eBook ISBN: 9781315210278
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315210278-16

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Abstract

How best can we speak of a Norwegian Beat tradition? To take soundings one needs to step back into the larger history of Norwegian modernism and the avant-garde, with Oslo as its operative center. This account proposes that poets like Jan Erik Vold, Kate Næss, and Axel Jensen, and visual artists like Willibald Storn, Marius Heyerdahl, and Kjartan Slettemark give grounds for thinking that Beat had its Norwegian manifestation not just in one domain of the arts but in several.

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