Jack Kerouac, French Novelist?

5:30pm - March/12/2024

A conversation about Kerouac's French manuscripts, his bilingual poetics, and his status as an "American" writer. 

Celebrate Jack Kerouac's birthday with guest speaker Professor Hassan Melehy, author of Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory (2016), the first full-length study of Kerouac's French-language heritage and its immense role in his poetics!   He will be joined in conversation by Penn's English Department Professor Jean-Christophe Cloutier, who recently released a stand-alone edition of Kerouac's longest French novel, Sur le chemin (2023), with the French publisher, Gallimand.