Title VIEW FROM ON THE ROAD
Binding HARDCOVER W/JACKET
Book Condition VERY GOOD CONDITION
Publisher SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY PRESS
0809322560 / 9780809322565
Seller ID IM275540
Through careful analysis of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," Omar Swartz argues that Kerouac's influence on American society is largely rhetorical. Kerouac's significance as a cultural icon can be best understood, Swartz asserts, in terms of traditional rhetorical practices and principles. To Swartz, Kerouac is a rhetor who symbolically reconstructs his world and offers arguments and encouragements for others to follow. Swartz proposes that "On the Road "constitutes a "rhetorical vision," a reality-defining discourse suggesting alternative possibilities for growth and change. Swartz asserts that the reader of Kerouac's "On the"""Road""becomes capable of responding to the larger, confusing culture in a strategic manner. Kerouac's rhetorical vision of an alternative social and cultural reality contributes to the identity of localized cultures within the United States.