9780809323845

The View from on the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac

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  • ISBN13:

    9780809323845

  • ISBN10:

    0809323842

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-11-01
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois Univ Pr
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Summary

Through careful analysis of Jack Kerouac'sOn the Road, Omar Swartz argues that Kerouac's influence on American society is largely rhetorical. Kerouac's significance as a cultural icon can be best understood, Swartz asserts, in terms of traditional rhetorical practices and principles. To Swartz, Kerouac is a rhetor who symbolically reconstructs his world and offers arguments and encouragements for others to follow. Swartz proposes thatOn the Roadconstitutes a "rhetorical vision," a reality-defining discourse suggesting alternative possibilities for growth and change. Swartz asserts that the reader of Kerouac'sOn theRoadbecomes capable of responding to the larger, confusing culture in a strategic manner. Kerouac's rhetorical vision of an alternative social and cultural reality contributes to the identity of localized cultures within the United States.

Author Biography

Omar Swartz is the author of Conducting Socially Responsible Research: Critical Theory, Neo-Pragmatism, and Rhetorical Inquiry and The Rise of Rhetoric and Its Intersections with Modern Critical Thought.  

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part One. Departures
Rhetorical Transformations
3(12)
Kerouac in Context
15(12)
Kerouac's Rhetorical Situation
27(16)
Fantasy, Rhetorical Vision, and the Critical Act
43(18)
Part Two. View from the Road
The Vision of Social Deviance
61(13)
The Vision of Sexuality
74(8)
Dean as Vision
82(12)
Conclusion: Kerouac and Liminality
94(11)
Notes 105(8)
Bibliography 113(12)
Index 125

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