The Beat Generation and Contemporary Greek Poetry

Authored by: Polina Mackay

The Routledge Handbook of International Beat Literature

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

Print ISBN: 9780415785457
eBook ISBN: 9781315210278
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The turn towards reading the Beats in a transnational context is the latest chapter in the Beat critical archive, with many recent studies highlighting the significance of topics such as travel and migration in Beat generation literature (Grace and Skerl 2012; Fazzino 2016). This chapter assesses the Beats’ influence on another national literature, namely recent and contemporary Greek poetry. It suggests that the Beat ethos of resistance, soul-searching, and jazz-infused lyricism have been profoundly influential on Greek writers of the last few decades.

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