Shift Linguals

Shift Linguals : Cut-Up Narratives from William S. Burroughs to the Present

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Shift Linguals traces a history of the cut-up method, the experimental writing practice discovered by Brion Gysin and made famous by Beat author William S. Burroughs. From the groundbreaking works of Dada and Surrealism that paved the way for Burroughs' breakthrough, through the countercultural explosion of the 1960s, Shift Linguals explores the evolution of the cut-ups within the theoretical frameworks of postmodernism and the avant-garde to arrive at the present and the digital age.
Some 50 years on from the first 'discovery' of the cut-ups in 1959, it is only now that we are truly able to observe the method's impact, not only on literature, but on music and culture in a broader sense. The result of over nine years of research, this study represents the first sustained and detailed analysis of the cut-ups as a narrative form. With explorations of the works of Burroughs, Gysin, Kathy Acker, and John Giorno, it also contains the first critical writing on the works of Claude Pelieu and Carl Weissner in English, as well as the first in-depth discussion of the writing of Stewart Home to date.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.27mm | 476g
  • Editions Rodopi B.V.
  • Leiden, Netherlands
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 9042033037
  • 9789042033030
  • 3,567,969

Table of contents

Introduction. Before Burroughs: The Prehistory of the Cut-Ups
The Origin and Theory of the Cut-Ups
Early Successors: Pelieu, Giorno, Weissner
Inter-Section. The Mutations of Burroughs: Revising the Cut-Up Technique
Kathy Acker: Plagiarism and Adaptation - From Cut-Up to Cut-and-Paste
Stewart Home: Pulp, Parody, Repetition and the Cut-Up Renaissance
Further Mutations: The Cut-Ups in the New Millennium
Works Cited
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About Edward S. Robinson

Edward S. Robinson has published articles on William Burroughs, Stewart Home and Kathy Acker, and provided the introduction to Jurgen Ploog's cut-up novella, Flesh Film.
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