Lecture 9 - Jack Kerouac, On the Road (cont.)

author: Amy Hungerford, Department of English, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: April 8, 2011,   recorded: February 2008,   views: 2977
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In this second lecture on On The Road, Professor Hungerford addresses some of the obstacles and failures to the novel's high ambitions for achieving American community through an immediacy of communication. Sal Paradise's desire to cross racial boundaries, for example, seems ultimately more exploitative than expansive; Dean's exuberant language of "Yes!" and "Wow!" devolves into meaningless gibberish. And yet the novel's mystical vision of something called "America" persists, a cultural icon that continues to engage the interest of readers, scholars, and artists. Among these latter is the digital art collaborative Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, with whose online work DAKOTA Hungerford concludes the class.

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Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)

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Comment1 RACHID , October 7, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.:

HI i liked all your lessons, i alawys listen to you online,i spend a good moments with your stories you are wonderful, i hope to be present with your students in the futur.

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