The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts

The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf, Or, Lusty Scripts

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This is the story of the books punks read and why they read them. The Year's Work in the Punk Bookshelf challenges the stereotype that punk rock is a bastion of violent, drug-addicted, uneducated drop outs. Brian James Schill explores how, for decades, punk and postpunk subculture has absorbed, debated, and reintroduced into popular culture, philosophy, classic literature, poetry, and avant-garde theatre. Connecting punk to not only Hegel, Nietzsche, and Freud, but Dostoevsky, Rimbaud, Henry Miller, Kafka, and Philip K. Dick, this work documents and interprets the subculture's literary history. In detailing the punk bookshelf, Schill contends that punk's literary and intellectual interests can be traced to the sense of shame (whether physical, socioeconomic, cultural, or sexual) its advocates feel in the face of a shameless market economy that not only preoccupied many of punks' favorite writers but generated the entire punk more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 155 x 178 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 12 b&w illus.
  • 0253029309
  • 9780253029300

About Brian James Schill

Brian James Schill is Undergraduate Research Coordinator for the Honors Program at the University of North Dakota. He teaches media theory, media criticism, and cultural studies, and is Founder and Editor of more

Table of contents

Prologue1: Nietzsche's Lisp2: "I Could've Been Raskolnikov": Punk reads Dostoevsky3: Departure in New Noise: Punk Poetry4: "On Play Patterns": Punk's Theatre of Cruelty and Alienation Effect5: Love Will Tear Us Apart, Or, Henry and June meet Sid and Nancy6: The Dismemberment Plan: Burroughs, Dick, and the Portmanteaux7: "A Report to an Academy": Punk FictionEpilogue: The Loveliest of PassionsBibliographyIndexshow more

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