American Culture in the 50's and the Beat Generation (Amerikai kultúra az 50-es években és a beatgeneráció) in spring 2015
Leavey, James, Thu 15:30–17:00, R030/A, host: DELP (R301)
4-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: AME-121
description & set texts
During the1950s the United States experienced unprecedented material wealth and prosperity coupled with a high degree of conservatism and self-complacency; yet parallel to this experience, there existed a countervailing trend, mainly of literary artists,who questioned the values and validity of this circumscribed world-view.The most prominent group of literary artists who espoused these views were called the Beat Movement/ Generation.This course will explore what was and who were the Beats,what were their origins,their iconoclasm, their reason for being, and how they ultimately laid the foundation for the Counter-culturre in the decade that was to follow. We will critically examine this movement as expressed in literature, film, music and philosophy and religion.
requirements & assessment
An oral in-class presentation on a Beat related theme extracted from one of the assigned compulsory readings A mid-term and a final exam A cultural portfolio