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Continental DividesRemapping the Cultures of North America$
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Rachel Adams

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226005515

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226005539.001.0001

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Jack Kerouac's North America

Jack Kerouac's North America

(p.149) CHAPTER FOUR Jack Kerouac's North America
Continental Divides

Adams Rachel

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses Jack Kerouac, an author whose work is most commonly situated in the context of the U.S. literary history, as a North American whose connections to Mexico and Canada were essential to his artistic vision. Kerouac is a particularly important figure because he is one of the very few North American authors for whom Canada, the United States, and Mexico were equally meaningful. The discussion of Kerouac's North America provides a revealing look at the possibilities and obstacles to the circulation of culture across national and linguistic borders. Describing this iconic American author as North American underscores the importance of French Canada and Mexico to Kerouac's literary production, vectors of his life and career that are lost when the interpretation of his work and influences remains centered on the U.S. context.

Keywords:   Jack Kerouac, North America, linguistic border, history, literary, culture

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