Beat Literature in Europe offers twelve in-depth analyses of how European authors and intellectuals on both sides of the Iron Curtain read, translated and appropriated American Beat literature. The chapters combine textual analysis with discussions on the role Beat had in popular music, art, and different subcultures.
The book participates in the transnational turn that has gained in importance during the past years in literary studies, looking at transatlantic connections through the eyes of European authors, artists and intellectuals, and showing how Beat became a cluster of texts, images, and discussions with global scope. At the same time, it provides vivid examples of how national literary fields in Europe evolved during the cold war era.
Contributors are: Thomas Antonic, Franca Bellarsi, Frida Forsgren, Santiago Rodriguez Guerrero-Strachan, József Havasréti, Tiit Hennoste, Benedikt Hjartarson, Petra James, Nuno Neves, Maria Nikopoulou, Harri Veivo, Dorota Walczak-Delanois, Gregory Watson.
Harri Veivo, Ph.D. (2001) University of Helsinki, is professor of Nordic Studies at the University of Caen Normandie. He has published many articles and edited volumes on the history of avant-garde and modernism, including “Jazzing up Modernism” (Modernism/Modernity, 2015).
Petra James, Ph.D. (2009) Université Paris-Sorbonne, is chair of Czech Studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has published a monograph on Bohumil Hrabal and numerous articles on cultural memory and the comparative history of the avant-garde and edited several collective monographs.
Dorota Walczak-Delanois, Ph.D. (1997) Adam Mickiewicz University of Poznań, is professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has published widely on poetry and comparative studies, including Inne oblicze awangardy (2001) and Niedoczytani- nierozpoznani. O meandrach poezji polskiej XX i XXI wieku (2016).
All interested in Beat literature, in European literary modernism and avant-garde of the second half of the twentieth century, or in cultural contacts in the Cold War era.