Sunday, March 13, 2005


A search for dissertations in FirstSearch WorldCat shows that the past decade has been a rich one for women of the Beat generation. I was not able to find any PhD dissertations, but titles of Masters theses include:

“Rhetorical Re-visioning: Women and the Beat Generation”
Jennifer Marie Boeree, University of Maryland, College Park, 2001

“Frankie Edith Parker: The First Beat Woman, A Call for Recognition”
Sharon Ann Ballard-Krishnan, Central Michigan University, 1996

“Not Just Chicks and Boy-Gangs: Gender, Sex, Writing, and the Beats in Postwar America, 1945-1965.”
Joanna E Arlow, University of Oregon, 1998

There are also several dissertations dedicated solely to Diane di Prima’s work and Anne Waldman.

Simmons even has a dissertation in the bindery by a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the History Department called “Women of the Beat Generation: Beat Chicks and the Threat of Women Rebellion in Postwar America” (Kristen Sanders, 2004). I've got this one on hold.

Considering the upward trend of literature on this subject, I imagine that we’ll see many more dissertations on Beat women in the coming years.


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