Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera

Countering the Counterculture: Rereading Postwar American Dissent from Jack Kerouac to Tomás Rivera


Rebelling opposed to bourgeois vacuity and taking their countercultural critique at the highway, the Beat writers and artists have lengthy symbolized a spirit of freedom and radical democracy. Manuel Martinez bargains an eye-opening problem to this characterization of the Beats, juxtaposing them opposed to Chicano nationalists like Raul Salinas, Jose Montoya, Luis Valdez, and Oscar Acosta and Mexican migrant writers within the usa, like Tomas Rivera and Ernesto Galarza.
    In an leading edge rereading of yankee radical politics and tradition of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties, Martinez uncovers reactionary, neoromantic, and infrequently racist lines within the Beats’ imaginative and prescient of freedom, and he brings to the fore the complicated stances of Latinos on player democracy and innovative tradition. He analyzes the ways in which Beats, Chicanos, and migrant writers conceived of and articulated social and political views. He contends that either the Beats’ severe individualism and the Chicano nationalists’ slim imaginative and prescient of citizenship are betrayals of the democratic excellent, yet that the migrant writers awarded a notably radical and inclusive imaginative and prescient of democracy that used to be really countercultural.

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