The last decade has been good for Gaddis’ public profile. Three major milestones—Joseph Tabbi’s biography, Steven Moore’s edition of Gaddis’ letters, and #Occupy Gaddis, 2012’s global social-media readthrough of J R—have seen Gaddis discussed across major US media, the letters and biography reviewed more widely (in an age of less literary reviewing) than much of Gaddis’ fiction was during his lifetime. As a result, Gaddis’ first two novels are now republished in the NYRB Classics series, giving them their best chance yet of finding that post-2010s boom audience.
Beat Studies Association Conference:
The Jack Kerouac Centenary
November 3-4, 2022
Keynote Speaker: Ann Charters
The Beat Studies Association invites presentation proposals for its 2022 conference. Given that 2022 is the 100th anniversary of Jack Kerouac’s birth, we are inviting proposals on any aspect of Kerouac’s life or work, with particular interest in “new directions” for Kerouac studies.
This international conference is part of the MuséaLitté project — a multi-year research project on the relationship between the museum and the literary (ComUE Paris Lumières).