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Here We Go Again: World War II Mobilization Blues in William Burroughs’s Junky

Keith Gandal

in The Gun and the Pen: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the Fiction of Mobilization

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195338911
eISBN:
9780199867127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338911.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, American, 20th Century Literature

This short Afterword concludes the book with a comparison between the post-World War I novels at issue and Burroughs's post-World War II novel. Burroughs's autobiographical novel seems at first ... More


The Gods Know How to Run This World

Jorge García-Robles

in The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680627
eISBN:
9781452948805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680627.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This is an maginative and riveting account of Burroughs’s formative experiences in Mexico, his fascination with Mexico City’s demimonde, his acquaintances and friendships there, and his contradictory ... More


Hard Bodies and Sex-Blobs: Deterritorializing Desire in Naked Lunch and Shortbus

Nick Davis

in The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199993161
eISBN:
9780199346387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter highlights symmetries between Cronenberg’s film of Naked Lunch and several other literary adaptations that proved central to 1990s-era New Queer Cinema, a movement that nonetheless ... More


The Novel Enfleshed: Naked Lunch and the Literature of Materiality

Christopher Breu

in Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816688913
eISBN:
9781452949178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816688913.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch. It discusses his articulation of three forms of materiality in the emerging era of globalization and biopolitics: the linguistic, ... More


Beat Religion and the Choice

Arthur Versluis

in American Gurus: From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199368136
eISBN:
9780190201951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368136.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Discusses the religious significances of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and the Beat movement. Argues Burroughs is an outlier figure. Kerouac in particular exemplifies American ... More


‘Fragments of things’: the aesthetics of yagé

Lesley Wylie

in Colombia's Forgotten Frontier: A Literary Geography of the Putumayo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319747
eISBN:
9781781380932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319747.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter will focus on the important Amazonian hallucinogenic drink – yagé, also known as ayahuasca. It discusses, in turn, oral and written accounts of yage by indigenous Amazonians, Creole, and ... More


The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico

Jorge García-Robles

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680627
eISBN:
9781452948805
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680627.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

First published in Mexico in 1995 as La bala perdida, The Stray Bullet presents a thorough and compelling account of William S Burroughs’ Mexico experience. Author Jorge García-Robles makes a ... More


The Road to Hell

Jorge García-Robles

in The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680627
eISBN:
9781452948805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680627.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The first part of this biography describes Burroughs’s identity as a self-destructive young man, still uncertain about being a writer, and having just graduated from Harvard and keeping literary and ... More


Raw Orality: Sound Poetry and Live Bodies

Brandon LaBelle

in VOICE: Vocal Aesthetics in Digital Arts and Media

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013901
eISBN:
9780262289696
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013901.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines sound poetry, a speculative form that presaged the digital, and the reduction of sound to phonetic material characterized by modularity and “cut-upability.” Focusing on several ... More


Aggressive Fictions: Reading the Contemporary American Novel

Kathryn Hume

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801450013
eISBN:
9780801462870
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801450013.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

A frequent complaint against contemporary American fiction is that too often it puts off readers in ways they find difficult to fathom. Books such as Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho, Katherine ... More


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