Beat Bop and Buddha

Jeffrey Perso, Senior Lecturer

Course: ENGLISH 192, SEM 004
Class Number: 28755
Credits: 3 HU
Time: MW 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Place: MER 142

Course Description:

"Beat Bop and Buddha" This innovative and unique course, paired with a course on Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, part of the Living and Learning Communities program, fuses an examination of the convergence of Beat literature, jazz improvisation, and the Historical Buddha with the tools of musicology and cultural studies, potentially leading to a Rock 'n Roll Certificate.

Work Involved:

Students will read and write about music and literature, use audio and video recordings to examine and discuss the evolution of the Beat Generation as it morphed into the Counterculture of the 1960s.

Sample Reading:

Some of the Dharma, Jack Kerouac; But Beautiful, Geoff Dyer.

About the Instructor:

Journalist, fiction writer and educator, seminar instructor Jeffrey Perso has written extensively on the Beat writers and the '60's counterculture. His work has appeared in The Alternative Press Review, Milwaukee Weekly, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, San Francisco Phoenix, and elsewhere, and he received the English Department's Teaching Excellence Award for 2005. An avid, though lumbering runner, most days he can be seen panting through Milwaukee lake shore parks.