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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation

Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation

(p.324) Chapter 18 Countercultural Intoxication: An Aesthetics of Transformation
West of Center

Mark Harris

University of Minnesota Press

In the 1960s, negotiating psychedelic drugs became a categorical and predetermined undertaking for those seeking immersion in contemporary life. Experimentation with hallucinogens like LSD, peyote, and mescaline accessed a new world of alternatives to established social behavior. LSD in particular was taken as an agent enabling the change in awareness for hidden qualities of the world to be revealed and for new social and political practices to evolve. This chapter reveals how psychedelics influenced transformations of image and language in representing new possibilities for living. Often defined against the priorities of a previous generation, these features included new community and family structures, an appreciation of inner states of mind and self-knowledge, and responsibility placed on the full experience of the present as a means of transforming the future.

Keywords:   LSD, psychedelic drugs, acid trip, image transformation, language transformation

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