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7B. The Beat Poets of 1950’s San Francisco

ColWrit 7B. The Beat Poets of 1950’s San Francisco

1 unit

The Beat Generation describes a group of American writers who became popular in the 1950s, and the cultural phenomena that they wrote about and inspired (later called “beatniks” and then “hippies”). “Beat” culture focuses on non-conformity, spontaneous creativity, experimentation with drugs and alternate forms of sexuality, and an interest in Eastern spirituality. In this course, students will discuss readings and films as well as visit local San Francisco “beat” locations.  This course is of interest to students who want to improve their listening and reading skills and to learn about this unique aspect of American culture.