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Nicholas Zurbrugg objects to the “ Disneyfication ” of Naked Lunch through
special effects such as the Mugwump puppets ; the “ puritanical ” omission of
vitriolic humor , social satire , and burlesque routines ; and the conventionality of
the ...

Author: Professor Oliver Harris

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809329151

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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Naked Lunch was banned, castigated, and recognized as a work of genius on its first publication in 1959, and fifty years later it has lost nothing of its power to astonish, shock, and inspire. A lacerating satire, an exorcism of demons, a grotesque cabinet of horrors, it is the Black Book of the Beat Generation, the forerunner of the psychedelic counterculture, and a progenitor of postmodernism and the digital age. A work of excoriating laughter, linguistic derangement, and transcendent beauty, it remains both influential and inimitable. This is the first book devoted in its entirety to William Burroughs’ masterpiece, bringing together an international array of scholars, artists, musicians, and academics from many fields to explore the origins, writing, reception, and complex meanings of Naked Lunch. Tracking the legendary book from Texas and Mexico to New York, Tangier, and Paris, Naked [email protected] significantly advances our understanding and appreciation of this most elusive and uncanny of texts. Contributors: Contributors: Keith Albarn Eric Andersen Gail-Nina Anderson Théophile Aries Jed Birmingham Shaun de Waal Richard Doyle Loren Glass Oliver Harris Kurt Hemmer Allen Hibbard Rob Holton Andrew Hussey Rob Johnson Jean-Jacques Lebel Ian MacFadyen Polina Mackay Jonas Mekas Barry Miles R. B. Morris Timothy S. Murphy Jurgen Ploog Davis Schneiderman Jennie Skerl DJ Spooky Philip Taaffe

Naked Lunch

the winter of 1958–59 as Naked Lunch. There are slightly differing accounts of
exactly how this title first came about, but Burroughs always gave Kerouac credit
for its coining. Kerouac wrote to Ginsberg on July 14, 1955, urging him to “send ...

Author: William S. Burroughs

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141975679

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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A cultural landmark and the most shocking novel in the English language, Naked Lunch is an exhilarating ride into the darkest recesses of the human psyche. An unnerving tale of an addict unmoored in New York, Tangier, and ultimately a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone, Naked Lunch's formal innovation, formerly taboo subject matter, and tour de force execution has exerted its influence authors like Thomas Pynchon and J. G. Ballard; on the relationship of art and obscenity; and on the shape of music, film, and media in general.

David Cronenberg

article on Cronenberg's male protagonists, Michael O'Pray raises, but leaves
unanswered, a crucial concern for understanding Cronenberg's work: '[a]s a
young ...

Author: Mark Browning

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841501735

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 206

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For more than 30 years, David Cronenberg has produced films, mostly outside the Studio system, which continue to disturb, surprise and challenge audiences. He has also been repeatedly drawn to literary fiction for inspiration, adapting works by figures like William Burroughs, J.G. Ballard and Patrick McGrath. This book is only the second single-authored study on Cronenberg and as well as containing the first detailed analysis of eXistenZ (1999) Spider (2003) and A History of Violence (2005), it is the first to explore how understanding certain written texts, from both underground and mainstream fiction, can help us understand how Cronenberg's films work.

Offensive Literature

William Burroughs's The Naked Lunch deals explicitly with pederasty,
cannibalism and drug addiction. It is therefore not surprising that its publishing
history in the early 1960s was vexed; more surprising, perhaps, that it escaped
formal ...

Author: John Sutherland

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780389203544

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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This provocative book takes decensorship from the 1960 Lady Chatterley trial through the long-term drive against pornography which continues into the 1980s.

The Beat Generation and Counterculture

Burroughs ' s “ Interzone Intermezzo ” : Naked Lunch and the Internationalization
of Countercultural Narrative “ You see less on junk , less of your physical
surroundings than without it . However , the whole experience of addiction was
useful .

Author: Raj Chandarlapaty

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433106033

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

View: 937

The Beat Generation and Counterculture examines three authors associated with the «Beat Generation» - Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac - and the relevance of their attempt to travel, learn, and write about exotic non-Western cultures and repressed minority cultures in the United States, projecting the influence of history, premodern religious practices, and postcolonial social and intellectual problems into the written development of countercultural ethos and praxis. The Beat Generation and Counterculture underscores T. S. Eliot's emphasis on «earning tradition - that is, in order for the corrupt, decultured, and unimaginative West that had been ruined by World War II to survive, it would have to internalize and project the value of distant cultures that had been misunderstood and racialized for centuries. This book also addresses the frequent criticism that these authors were «orientalist», white writers who freely translated non-Western culture without giving any credit to its creators.

The Artist as Monster

Naked. Lunch. (1991). 'It's. a. very. literary. high'. From the first moment anyone
started asking him questions about himself as a filmmaker, David Cronenberg
has talked about William Burroughs as a model and influence, and as early as
1981 ...

Author: William Beard

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802038077

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 568

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The first systematic examination in English of Cronenberg?s feature films, from Stereo (1969) to Crash (1996).

Masterpieces of Beat Literature

Burroughs. Naked. Lunch. BIOGRAPHY “As a young child I wanted to be a writer
because writers were rich and famous. They lounged around Singapore and
Rangoon smoking opium in a yellow ponge silk suit. They sniffed cocaine in
Mayfair ...

Author: Michael J. Dittman

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313332838

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 121

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Provides an introduction to the major authors of Beat literature and a critical appraisel of their most significant works.

The Magic Hour

ADAPTATION OF William Burroughs ' Naked Lunch , Peter Weller is as unsmiling
as an icon and as unflappable as a forties private eye . The movie opens by
casting the ...

Author: J. Hoberman

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566399951

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 192

The magic hour is the name film-makers give the pre-dusk late afternoon, when anything photographed can be bathed in a melancholy golden light. This work anthologizes J. Hoberman's movie reviews, cultural criticism, and political essays, published in The Village Voice, Artforum, and elsewhere during the period bracketed by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the World Trade Towers.

Historical Dictionary of the Beat Movement

NAKED LUNCH. First published in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch no doubt is
William S. Burroughs's most famous novel. Unlike Junkie, Naked Lunch employs
nothing resembling a coherent narrative line, and its characters tend more to the

Author: Paul Varner

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810871890

Category: History

Page: 375

View: 113

The Beat Movement was and is a literary and arts movement, the most radical and innovative of the 20th century, and because it was so open to new ideas of poetics and aesthetics, it has adapted from decade to decade. The history of the Beat Movement is still being written in the early years of the 21st century. Unlike other kinds of literary and artistic the Beat Movement is self-perpetuating. After the 1950s generation, a new generation arose in the 1960s led by writers such as Diane Wakowski, Anne Waldman, and poets from the East Side Scene. In the 1970s and 1980s writers from the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church and contributors to World magazine continued the movement. The 1980s and 1990s Language Movement saw itself as an outgrowth and progression of previous Beat aesthetics. Today poets and writers in San Francisco still gather at City Lights Bookstore and in Boulder at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and continue the movement. It is now a postmodern movement and probably would be unrecognizable to the earliest Beats. It may even be in the process of finally shedding the name Beat. But the Movement continues. The Historical Dictionary of the Beat Movement covers the movements history through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on significant people, themes, critical issues, and the most significant novels, poems, and volumes of poetry and prose that have formed the Beat canon. This book is a vital reference tool for any researcher interested in learning more about the Beat Movement.

Word Cultures

Burroughs immediately recognized that he had already served an unconscious
cut - up apprenticeship in editing and rearranging the voluminous material that
finally yielded the published version of Naked Lunch . What struck both Gysin
and ...

Author: Robin Lydenberg

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252014130

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

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In this pioneering study, Robin Lydenberg focuses upon the stylistic accomplishments of this controversial and experimental writer. In doing so, she skillfully demonstrates that the ideas we now recognize as characteristic of post-structuralism and deconstruction were being developed independently by Burroughs long ago.

Naked Lunch

Author: David Cronenberg



Category: Motion picture plays

Page: 194

View: 556

Lies We Live by

William $ Guide to the literature of this Beat author notorious for " Naked Lunch (
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Author: Carl Hausman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415922807

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 229

View: 385

The legendary Greek figure Orpheus was said to have possessed magical powers capable of moving all living and inanimate things through the sound of his lyre and voice. Over time, the Orphic theme has come to indicate the power of music to unsettle, subvert, and ultimately bring down oppressive realities in order to liberate the soul and expand human life without limits. The liberating effect of music has been a particularly important theme in twentieth-century African American literature. The nine original essays in Black Orpheus examines the Orphic theme in the fiction of such African American writers as Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, James Baldwin, Nathaniel Mackey, Sherley Anne Williams, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison. The authors discussed in this volume depict music as a mystical, shamanistic, and spiritual power that can miraculously transform the realities of the soul and of the world. Here, the musician uses his or her music as a weapon to shield and protect his or her spirituality. Written by scholars of English, music, women's studies, American studies, cultural theory, and black and Africana studies, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection ultimately explore the thematic, linguistic structural presence of music in twentieth-century African American fiction.

Wising Up the Marks

The Negative Dialectics of Naked Lunch Despite his immense productivity in the
interim, Burroughs's literary notoriety is still based almost exclusively on the
underground reputation of his controversial 1959 novel, Naked Lunch. The book
was ...

Author: Timothy S. Murphy

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520919402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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William S. Burroughs is one of the twentieth century's most visible, controversial, and baffling literary figures. In the first comprehensive study of the writer, Timothy S. Murphy places Burroughs in the company of the most significant intellectual minds of our time. In doing so, he gives us an immensely readable and convincing account of a man whose achievements continue to have a major influence on American art and culture. Murphy draws on the work of such philosophers as Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Theodor Adorno, and Jean-Paul Sartre, and also investigates the historical contexts from which Burroughs's writings arose. From the paranoid isolationism of the Cold War through the countercultural activism of the sixties to the resurgence of corporate and state control in the eighties, Burroughs's novels, films, and music hold a mirror to the American psyche. Murphy coins the term "amodernism" as a way to describe Burroughs's contested relationship to the canon while acknowledging the writer's explicit desire for a destruction of such systems of classification. Despite the popular mythology that surrounds Burroughs, his work has been largely excluded from the academy of American letters. Finally here is a book that presents a solid portrait of a major artistic innovator, a writer who combines aesthetics and politics and who can perform as anthropologist, social goad, or media icon, all with consummate skill.

The Desiring Image

Innaresting Sex Arrangements Naked Lunch (1991) suggests even more
bonafides as queer cinema than Dead Ringers does. Men who imply or enact
desires for other men populate the film, as do women rumored to be lovers, and
the project ...

Author: Nick Davis

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199993165

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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The Desiring-Image redefines queer cinema as a kind of filmmaking that conveys sexuality and desire as fundamentally fluid for all people, exceeding familiar stories and themes in many LGBT movies.

Twentieth Century American Fiction on Screen

When David Cronenberg adapted William Burroughs's (1924–1997) Naked
Lunch (1959) for the screen in 1991, the result was a film
selfconsciouslyexploringits ownstatusas anadaptation.Cronenberghimself calls it
“an exercise in analyzing ...

Author: R. Barton Palmer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139461680

Category: Literary Criticism


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The essays in this collection analyse major film adaptations of twentieth-century American fiction, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon to Toni Morrison's Beloved. During the century, films based on American literature came to play a central role in the history of the American cinema. Combining cinematic and literary approaches, this volume explores the adaptation process from conception through production and reception. The contributors explore the ways political and historical contexts have shaped the transfer from book to screen, and the new perspectives that films bring to literary works. In particular, they examine how the twentieth-century literary modes of realism, modernism, and postmodernism have influenced the forms of modern cinema. Written in a lively and accessible style, the book includes production stills and full filmographies. Together with its companion volume on nineteenth-century fiction, the volume offers a comprehensive account of the rich tradition of American literature on screen.


NAKED. [UL/C". (To the tune of Brady Bunch by Sherwood Schwartz) (Dedicated
to Wi||iam Burroughs and David ... wou|d become a nove| That's the way he came
to write Naked Lunch Naked Lunch, Naked Lunch Now Croenenberg's made a ...

Author: Jeff Hinkle

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469186926

Category: Humor

Page: 179

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JEFFANETICS : MUSINGS OF AN OLD PHILOSOPHY MAJOR.., is a book in 4 parts. 1.., Songs to the tune of other songs.., meant to be funny. 2 . Poetry.., mostly meant to ne serious. ..., 3 cartoon.., i would think of cartoon ideas, my friend Jennifer Woolf would draw them,.., meant to be funny.,,,...4. 3 short plays, meant to be fubby.,,., even what's meabt to be funny, is in my way, philosophical.

The Grove Press Reader 1951 2001

The element of humor in Naked Lunch is one of the book's great moral strengths,
whereby the existentialist sense of the absurdis taken towards an informal
conclusion. It is an absolutely devastating ridicule of all that is false, primitive, and

Author: Grove Press

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802137807

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 421

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Celebrating fifty years of independent publishing, this unique anthology encompasses correspondence, retrospective essays, and other writings by William Burroughs, Will Self, Jean Genet, Dennis Cooper, Marguerite Duras, Jeannette Winterson, Samuel Beckett, and Tom Stoppard, among other influentials authors. Original.

Reader s Guide to Literature in English

GOODMAN constructs an often fascinating account narrating the protracted
writing, publication history, and censorship trials of Naked Lunch. He recognises
the 1966 court case as a landmark in legal and literary relations, which freed
Naked ...

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135314179

Category: Reference

Page: 1010

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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

Invisible Cathedrals

Also on Cronenberg , by way of his most recent film Naked Lunch , see the
remark of film critic Stuart Klawans : " For a really good time with paranoia , see
Naked Lunch . Based on the life and work of William S . Burroughs , Naked
Lunch is the ...

Author: Neil H. Donahue

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271013060

Category: Art

Page: 217

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Invisible Cathedrals places Wilhelm Worringer in the foreground of discussions of Expressionism and German Modernism for the first time. These essays not only reveal the complexities of his individual works, such as Abstraction and Empathy (1908) and Form Problems of the Gothic (1911), they also examine his lesser-known books and essays of the post-World War I years, the 1920s, and beyond. Invisible Cathedrals offers both a basic introduction to Worringer's writings and their broad influence, and a profound and detailed revisionist analysis of his significance in German and European Modernism. It also provides the most comprehensive bibliography to date of his own work and of the scattered criticism devoted to Worringer in different disciplines. Worringer's works were provocative, widely read, and often reprinted and were highly influential among artists and writers in Germany. As a result, they both raised suspicion in his own academic discipline of art history and excited discussion in other diverse fields, such as literary and social theory, psychology, and film theory. Worringer emerges here not solely as a scholarly commentator on the history of art, but also as an activist scholar who engaged his historical criticism of other periods directly in the production of culture in his own time. Contributors are Magdalena Bushart, Neil H. Donahue, Charles W. Haxthausen, Michael W. Jennings, Joseph Masheck, Geoffrey Waite, and Joanna E. Ziegler.

Word Virus

He turned instead to studio performances; in early 1995, he recorded an
abridged version of Naked Lunch for an audiobook. His first cat, Ruski, died that
spring, which hurt him deeply. In the fall, he flew to New York to see Paul Bowles,
who ...

Author: William S. Burroughs

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9780802197184

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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With the publication of Naked Lunch in 1959, William Burroughs abruptly brought international letters into the postmodern age. Beginning with his very early writing (including a chapter from his and Jack Kerouac's never-before-seen collaborative novel), Word Virus follows the arc of Burroughs's remarkable career, from his darkly hilarious "routines" to the experimental cut-up novels to Cities of the Red Night and The Cat Inside. Beautifully edited and complemented by James Grauerholz's illuminating biographical essays, Word Virus charts Burroughs's major themes and places the work in the context of the life. It is an excellent tool for the scholar and a delight for the general reader. Throughout a career that spanned half of the twentieth century, William S. Burroughs managed continually to be a visionary among writers. When he died in 1997, the world of letters lost its most elegant outsider.