Improvisation on the Way: Jazz and Kerouac’s On the Road



On the Road, the most important literature of Jack Kerouac, is regarded as one of the most classical works of the Beat Generation. Descriptions of Jazz occur repeatedly in this novel. This paper aims to discuss the mental status of the Beat Generation and the living conditions of fictional characters in On the Road.


On the Road; Jazz; Improvisation

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Kerouac, J. (2001). On the road. In C. Wen (Trans.). Guilin, China: Lijiang Publishing Limited.

Tirro, F. (2001). Jazz: A history. In L. Mai (Trans.). Beijing: People’s Music Publishing House.

Zhu, Q. H. (2002). History of Western music. Beijing: Peking University Press.



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