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The Hippie Narrative: A Literary Perspective on the Counterculture
The Hippie movement of the 1960s helped change modern societal attitudes toward ethnic and cultural diversity, environmental accountability, spiritual expressiveness, and the justification of war. With roots in the Beat literary movement of the late 1950s, the hippie perspective also advocated a bohemian lifestyle which expressed distaste for hypocrisy and materialism yet ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published December 21st 2006 by McFarland & Company
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Its analysis can be bland at times, but I appreciate certain aspects it highlights, as well as the attempt to synthesize 60s lit. There was some energy, vitality, viewpiont lacking although in a genre that usually has blowhard hardnose academics, his voice is the better. Not as explosive say as: "bombs, beards, and barricades" though. Lit analysis tends to fall behind in velocity to straight history.
Each chapter in this well-written book is dedicated to a key Sixties text, such as "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut, or "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" by Tom Wolfe. Macfarlane describes the origin of each text, defines its place in literature and history, and evaluates its literary merit. "The Hippie Narrative" is entertaining and illuminating.