Jack Kerouac, along with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg, and others in his company, was an iconoclast. His work, especially the novels, stood in dramatic contrast to the more traditional prose of his contemporaries and of the modernist and postmodernist American writers who preceded him. Some critics called his writing spontaneous, and praised the rhythm and elegance of his prose, sometimes comparing it to the new improvisational jazz of the period. Today, we remember him as the father of the Beat Generation writers who changed American literature, forever. In this class, we will explore Kerouac’s writing, his time, and his influence. Course reading list includes works by Kerouac: On the Road (1957 edition); Dharma Bums, and Visions of Gerard. Selections of poetry by Allen Ginsburg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others.