The View From On the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac
The View From On the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac
Southern Illinois University Press

The View From On the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac

  • Publish Date: 1999-10-12
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Mr. Omar Swartz

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Through careful analysis of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Omar Swartz argues that Kerouac's influence on American society is largely rhetorical. Kerouac's significance as a cultural icon can be best understood, Swartz asserts, in terms of traditional rhetorical practices and principles. To Swartz, Kerouac is a rhetor who symbolically reconstructs his world and offers arguments and encouragements for others to follow. Swartz proposes that On the Road constitutes a rhetorical vision, a reality-defining discourse suggesting alternative possibilities for growth and change. Swartz asserts that the reader of Kerouac's On the Road becomes capable of responding to the larger, confusing culture in a strategic manner. Kerouac's rhetorical vision of an alternative social and cultural reality contributes to the identity of localized cultures within the United States.


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