Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation

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What do we know about the women who played an important role in creating the literature of the Beat Generation? Until recently, very little. Studies of the movement have effaced or excluded women writers, such as Elise Cowen, Joyce Johnson, Joanne Kyger, Hettie Jones, and Diane Di Prima, each one a significant figure of the postwar Beat communities. Equally free-thinking and innovative as the founding generation of men, women writers, fluent in Beat, hippie, and women's movement idioms, partook of and bridged two important countercultures of the American mid-century. Persistently foregrounding female experiences in the cold war 1950s and in the counterculture 1960s and in every decade up to the millennium, women writing Beat have brought nonconformity, skepticism, and gender dissent to postmodern culture and literary production in the United States and beyond.

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RONNA C. JOHNSON is a lecturer in the departments of English and American Studies at Tufts University. NANCY M. GRACE is an associate professor in the department of English and director of the Program in Writing at The College of Wooster in Ohio. She is the author of The Feminized Male Character in Twentieth-Century Literature.

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This collection of scholarly essays builds on interest generated by two recent anthologies devoted to the writings of Beat women: Brenda Knight's Women of the Beat Generation and Richard Peabody's A Different Beat. Arguing that before these anthologies Beat women had been given short shrift, the editors have gathered together articles from a variety of critical perspectives that focus on the writings of Helen Adam, Diane di Prima, Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, Elise Cowen, Brenda Frazer, Joanne Kyger, and Ann Waldman. Johnson (English and American studies, Tufts Univ.) and Grace (English, Coll. of Wooster) contend that despite "their de facto exclusion from discourses of Beat art and creativity, women were integral to Beat's development and indispensable to expressing its signature disdain of and challenge to establishment culture and conventions." A concluding essay by Tim Hunt (Kerouac's Crooked Road) highlights and ties together significant ideas expressed in individual essays. The questions presented here are of interest not just in relation to Beat literature but in the broader context of women's and cultural studies as well. While the essays presented are somewhat uneven, with some conclusions being more convincing than others (as in most such collections), this book will be useful for scholars and graduate students and will provide grist, no doubt, for the term paper mill. William Gargan, Brooklyn Coll. Lib., CUNY
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