Kerouac’s Ghosts


Kerouac was called a Catholic, a Buddhist, an existentialist, and other things like 'beatnik', and I examine each of those categories in turn and determine that he really fits into none of them. My conclusion is that JK’s spirituality was a different creature entirely, a very unique
spirituality that was founded in his early life experiences.

Gerald Nicosia


Gerald Nicosia is an acclaimed poet, writer and biographer. He is best known for Memory Babe, his classic biography of On the Road author Jack Kerouac. On Wednesday, 27 September 2017, Gerald will be reading and performing in Cambridge as part of a rare UK tour. The appearance will co-incide with the publication of his new book of poems, The Ghost of Kerouac (Holy & Intoxicated Press, 2017).

The evening of events will consist of Gerald presenting a lecture at the Faculty of English on the subject of Kerouac's spirituality. This will be followed by a live poetry reading at Cambridge's Unitarian Hall. During the reading Gerald will be supported by Riprap Quartet, Malcolm Guite and Yvonne Salmon & James Riley (conveners of the CRASSH research group The Alchemical Landscape). Yvonne and James will be presenting their performance poem 'Dust' which looks at two rare recordings by Jack Keroauc and fellow Beat writer William Burroughs.

For full times and venue details please see the English Faculty website. Details can also be found at James Riley's blog Residual Noise.

Contributor: James Riley



About The Alchemical Landscape Research Group

Working as an interdisciplinary, multi-platform research project, The Alchemical Landscape brings into collaboration the Faculty of English and the Department of Land Economy. It has two intersecting points of focus: the artistic representation of the British landscape as an uncanny if not haunted space, and the use of comparable ‘spectral’ language to speak about matters of environment, property and value. From economic ghost towns to geomantic visitations, the interest of the Alchemical Landscape project lies with the way these tropes describe the ‘natural’ landscape of contemporary Britain and its geographic, architectural and symbolic histories.

Posted: Friday 22 September 2017

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