Keynote Speakers: Mary Kerr and Polina Mackay
The female beats and their contribution to beat aesthetics is an understudied topic in American Studies scholarship in general and beat scholarship in particular. The female writers and artists lived and navigated within a series of gender paradoxes. On the one hand, they broke away from the strict social gendered roles of post-war US society, and lived more liberal and free lives than women of their time, generally. On the other hand, the beat milieu they sought out was a highly masculine culture, where few women found acceptance. This conference focuses on these gender paradoxes and invites for discussions of the aesthetics of the female beats.
- Women beat poets
- Women beat artists
- Multimodal aesthetical expressions in a gender perspective
- Beat aesthetics from a feminine aesthetics
- Historical re-examinations of the production and participation of females within the beat art and literature environments
Organizers: Frida Forsgren and Michael J. Prince