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The American Counterculture$
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Christopher Gair

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619887

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619887.001.0001

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(p.139) Chapter Five Fiction
The American Counterculture

Christopher Gair

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter argues that there are both continuities and ruptures between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and countercultural writing in the 1960s. The chapter concentrates on three novelists – Diane di Prima, Ken Kesey and Richard Brautigan – as particularly significant and effective examples of authors writing against dominant American national narratives, or seeking to reclaim earlier versions of American mythologies in the face of corporate and political pressure.

Keywords:   Postmodernism, Diane di Prima, Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey, Military Industrial Complex, Utopian literature

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