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Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation

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What do we know about the women who played an important role in creating the literature of the Beat Generation? Until recently, very little. Studies of the movement have effaced or excluded women writers, such as Elise Cowen, Joyce Johnson, Joanne Kyger, Hettie Jones, and Diane Di Prima, each one a significant figure of the postwar Beat communities. Equally free-thinking a ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published June 7th 2002 by Rutgers University Press
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This book is a series of literary criticism essays about some of the writing of the women beats. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit too critical of the men in the movement who it blamed for not giving enough support for the women writers. (When surely the lack of recognition comes from the "literary critics, be they academics or commercial and not the men themselves). There seemed to be a bit of confusion over the cross-over between beat subculture and the beat literary movement. Women who we ...more
I got this from the library expecting an anthology of work by women Beat artists, but it's actually an anthology of essays about women Beat artists. It's overall pretty good - as with all anthologies some essays are better than others - trends toward the academic. Tragic how many of these women I was unfamiliar with, and trying to remedy that is tricky - the library, at least, is less than thorough about preserving their work.
Each chapter highlights a different female beat artist. A nice easy read. I read it because I was researching a specific female beat writer and it was a good information source.
Dense but informative reading for those that want to know more about the Beat Generation from a woman's perspective.
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