Retaking the Universe

Retaking the Universe : William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization

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William S. Burroughs is one of America's most influential and widely studied writers. A leading member of the Beat movement, his books and essays continue to attract a wide readership. His films, paintings, recordings and other projects that grew out of his literary production, together with his iconic persona as a counter-culture (anti-)hero, mean his work has become a broad cultural phenomenon. This collection of essays by leading scholars offers an interdisciplinary consideration of Burroughs's art. It links his lived experience to his many major prose works written from 1953 on, as well his sound, cinema and media projects. Moving beyond the merely literary, the contributors argue for the continuing social and political relevance of Burroughs's work for the emerging global order. Themes include: Burroughs and contemporary theory; debates on 'reality'; violence; magic and mysticism ; cybernetic cultures; language and technology; control and transformation; transgression and addiction; the limits of prose; image politics and the more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 86 x 170 x 4mm | 421.84g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745320813
  • 9780745320816
  • 1,771,012

About Davis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman is Chair of the American Studies Program and an Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College, Illinois. He is currently engaged in research on Burroughs's connections to literary plagiarism and issues of digital copyright. Philip Walsh is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. He is author of Skepticism, Modernity and Critical more

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'These essays testify to the continuing relevance of Burroughs' words and project in the twenty-first century' -- Steven Shaviro, author of Doom Patrols and Connected 'El Hombre Invisible goes global. Thanks to Schneiderman and Walsh's Retaking the Universe, Burroughs finally manages to storm the theory studio' -- Sylvere Lotringer, Editor of Semiotext(e) and Burroughs Live. 'The first serious and well conceived study of Burroughs' global influence' -- Victor Bockris 'Schneiderman's and Walsh's new collection should mark the beginning of a new and wider view of the contemporary implications of Burroughs's thought. This book is retaking the universe of Burroughsian interpretation - starting now' -- James Grauerholzshow more

Table of contents

Foreword: Jennie Skerl Introduction: Millions of People Reading the Same Words - Davis Schneiderman and Philip Walsh PART I: Theoretical Depositions 1. Shift Coordinate Points: William S. Burroughs and Contemporary Theory - Allen Hibbard 2. Exposing the Reality Film: William S. Burroughs Among the Situationists - Timothy S. Murphy 3. Reactivating the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Burroughs as Critical Theorist - Philip Walsh 4. Speculating Freedom: Addiction, Control, and Rescriptive Subjectivity in the Work of William S. Burroughs - Jason Morelyle 5. Excursus on Burroughs, Dada and Surrealism - Jon Longhi PART II: Writing, Sign, Instrument: Language and Technology 6. Burroughs's Writing Machines - Anthony Enns 7. Totally Wired: Prepare Your Affidavits of Explanation - Edward Desautels 8. New World Ordure: Burroughs, Globalization and the Grotesque - Dennis McDaniel 9. Nothing Hear Now but the Recordings: Burroughs's 'Double Resonance' - Davis Schneiderman 10. Guerrilla Conditions: Burroughs, Gysin and Balch Go To The Movies - Jamie Russell 11. Cutting Up Politics - Oliver Harris PART III: Alternatives: Realities and Resistances 12. The Map and the Machine, reprint from The Garden and the Map (1973) - John Vernon 13. The High Priest and The Great Beast at the Place of Dead Roads - Ron Roberts 14. A Camera on Violence: Reality and Fiction in Blade Runner: A Movie - Roberta Fornari 15. William S. Burroughs: Laughter and Avant-Garde Strategies - Katherine Streip 16. Lemurian Time War - Cybernetic Culture Research Unit Indexshow more

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