The Beats, Black Mountain, and New Modes in American Poetry

BookThe Beats, Black Mountain, and New Modes in American Poetry

The Beats, Black Mountain, and New Modes in American Poetry

Beat Studies Series Clemson University Press: Beat Studies


October 1st, 2021





The Beats, Black Mountain, and New Modes of American Poetry explores correspondences amongst the Black Mountain and Beat Generation writers, two of most well-known and influential groups of poets in the 1950s. The division of writers as Beat or Black Mountain has hindered our understanding of the ways that these poets developed from mutual influences, benefitted from direct relations, and overlapped their boundaries. This collection of academic essays refines and adds context to Beat Studies and Black Mountain Studies by investigating the groups’ intersections and undercurrents. One goal of the book is to deconstruct the Beat and Black Mountain labels in order to reveal the shifting and fluid relationships among the individual poets who developed a revolutionary poetics in the 1950s and beyond. Taken together, these essays clarify the radical experimentation with poetics undertaken by these poets.

Author Information

Matt Theado is a professor of American Culture at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. He teaches courses on poetry, popular music, gender studies, textual studies, and television. His research focuses on the Beat Generation writers. Recently he has written about obscenity and the Beats, particularly in regard to teaching in today’s classrooms; about Jack Kerouac and country music; and about Kerouac’s interactions with Hollywood movie makers in the 1950s. He is currently preparing a scholarly edition of Kerouac’s On the Road.