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From Jack Kerouac to Vietnam and back again: Gerry Nicosia's America

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The University of Chichester Department of History and Politics is honoured to welcome biographer, historian and poet Gerry Nicosia.

Through an afternoon of lectures, readings and debate Gerry will talk on several key sites in American twentieth century life and letters. In particular the afternoon conference will address Nicosia's groundbreaking research as an oral historian of Vietnam war veterans experience, before turning to the life and times of Jack Kerouac comparing and contrasting the Beat legend of the man with the real man - deeply tormented, sexually conflicted and deeply spiritual Catholic mystic and would be solitary (though he could never manage it).


Nicosia remains one of the leading biographers of Kerouac and his Pengiun published 'Memory Babe' is for many the definitive account of a writer who not only a shaped a literary history of America but invented an entire generation. Published poet Nicosia has also agreed to share some his own works with us over drinks at the end of the event to mark the publication of his new collection THE GHOSTS OF KEROUAC (holyIntoxicated Publications 2017).


All University students of History and Politics and English and Creative Writing are welcome and will gain a unique intellectual experience to support modules in American history and literature on the BA (Hons) History and BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degrees, or as part of their work in preparation for the MA in Cultural History and MA in English Literature, whose 2017 programmes starts this October. Staff and members of the community are also welcome - tickets are free - registration detials to follow shortly.

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