Erik Mortenson


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  • Koc University in Istanbul

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  • ISEA2011

    Erik Mortenson is an Assistant Professor at Koc University in Istanbul who specializes in American literature and culture.  His first book, Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence (from Southern Illinois UP), examines the moment as one of the primary motifs of Beat Generation writing.  Placing an expanded Beat canon in an early postmodern context, Mortenson highlights the Beat contributions to American poetics and outlines the effects of gender and race on Beat writing in the postwar years.  His current book project explores the image of the shadow as it is deployed in 1950s cinema, literature, photography, and television.


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