Can I have it Now? - Untimely Kerouac

  • Camelia Elias (Foredragsholder)

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    My paper takes a look at a series of pictures featuring Jack Kerouac taken by Tom Palumbo, who was a photographer for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, capturing Kerouac in poses that clearly depict him in different roles. On the one hand, Kerouac attempts to reassert himself as a masculine, working-class figure eager to transcend his potentially effeminate status as a writer. On other hand, he appears to also show a contemplative and a vulnerable self. Thus while in Palumbo's photographs Kerouac emerges as one who pretends to be disinterested in the photographer's gaze, he is also ready to control the photographer, as if saying: ‘I'm here now, don't mess with me.' What is suggestive is either that Kerouac was reading Heidegger at the time - the question: what am I doing in this world? is written all over his face - or else he was troubled by a more urgent instinct, such as hunger. In the visual context the search for an "it" becomes more clearly situated between materiality and spirituality, masculinity and the effeminate inclination inherent in the contemplative search for and desire to experience the ineffable. This paper will address the question of the extent to which this now famous and iconic Kerouacian "it" can also be said to be prefigured in Palumbo's photographs.
    Periode12 dec. 2008
    BegivenhedstitelKerouac's On the Road: The Beats and the Post-Beats
    PlaceringBirmingham, StorbritannienVis på kort