This page features a number of resources that may be useful for Dream Machine students, including some generated by the class itself.
Emory English Literature Research Guide: A hugely helpful guide to completing research in English literary studies. The guide was compiled by Katie Rawson, English Subject Librarian, who is also available to offer personal help and guidance for Emory students pursuing research in English studies. You can get in touch with her here.
Purdue OWL Guide on MLA Style: A useful guide to working with MLA style for scholarly research and citation.
Working Beat Generation Timeline: This Google Doc will serve as our working timeline of key dates in and around the Beat Generation. Please feel free to edit or add entries to the list as the semester goes on.
The Beat Generation in The Washington Post: On June 30, 2017, The Washington Post published a fascinating digital feature on the Beat Generation and some of its key players.
PennSound: PennSound is a project of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. The site collects and makes public a huge library of audio recordings of poetry readings, including many by writers we’ll be studying this semester. Performance was a key aspect of the Beat aesthetic, and these recordings are well worth a listen for those interested in this dimension of Beat writing and culture.
Pull My Daisy: Once relatively rare, this iconic Beat short film is now available to view on Vimeo. Here is a brief description from the Vimeo page:
Pull My Daisy (1959) is a short film that typifies the Beat Generation. Directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie, Daisy was adapted by Jack Kerouac from the third act of his play, Beat Generation; Kerouac also provided improvised narration. It starred poets Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso, artists Larry Rivers (Milo) and Alice Neel (bishop’s mother), musician David Amram, actors Richard Bellamy (Bishop) and Delphine Seyrig (Milo’s wife), Sally Gross (bishop’s sister), and Pablo Frank, Robert Frank’s then-young son.
Based on an incident in the life of Beat icon Neal Cassady and his wife, the painter Carolyn, the film tells the story of a railway brakeman whose wife invites a respected bishop over for dinner. However, the brakeman’s bohemian friends crash the party, with comic results.