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HIP SUBLIME: Beat Writers and the Classical Tradition
Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Cohen Hall, Terrace Room
249 South 36th Street

University of Pennsylvania
Cohen Hall, Terrace Room
249 South 36th Street
November 16th and 17th 2012

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Classical Studies, in collaboration with the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

Friday's program (starting at 1:30 PM): Kevin Batton ("Landscape, Classicism, and the Californian Sublime"), Loni Reynolds ("Myth and Quest in the Early Work of William S. Burroughs"), Netta Berlin
("The Bardic Voice of Allen Ginsberg"), Matthew Pfaff ("Classical Languages and Literatures in Howl and Other Poems"), and poet Bob Perelman (poetry reading and remarks).

Saturday's program (starting at 9:00 AM): Gideon Nisbet ("Kenneth Rexroth, Greek Anthologist"), William Lawlor ("Homer's Place in Rexroth, Snyder, and Ferlinghetti"), Nick Selby ("Robert Creeley
and Gary Snyder"), Jaap van der Bent ("The Case of John Clellon Holmes"), Marguerite Johnson ("Brothers-in-arms: Gaius and Hank at the Racetrack"), Jane Falk ("Philip Whalen and the Classics"),
Richard Fletcher ("Charles Olson's Second Sophistic"), Christopher Gair ("Literary Circulations: Xenophon, Joyce, Kerouac"), and Stephen Dickey ("Beat Katabasis and Big Sur").

Paper sessions will take place on the University of Pennsylvania campus, in the Terrace Room, Claudia Cohen Hall, and will be free and open to the public. For more information, see the Penn Classical Studies website ( or contact the organizers: Sheila Murnaghan ( and Ralph Rosen (