Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays

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Professor Oliver Harris, Oliver C. G. Harris, Ian MacFadyen
SIU Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 283 pages

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 Lunch@50 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

 

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Contents

Diary Entry 1958
1
dossier ONE
4
The Beginnings of Naked Lunch an Endless Novel
14
The Invitation to Naked Lunch
26
dossier TWO
36
Naked Lunch in East Texas
43
Tangier and the Making of Naked Lunch
56
Tangier and Naked Lunch
65
The Cover Story
152
dossier FOUR
160
Naked Lunch at 50
167
The Continuing Trials of Naked Lunch
177
The NonMeaning of Naked Lunch
188
Burroughs Visionary Lunch
198
dossier FIVE
207
Sole Survivor a Raving Maniac
214

William Burroughs In and Out of Paris and Tangier 195860
73
The Beat Hotel Years
84
dossier THREE
91
The Danger Zone
98
I Am No Doctor
107
The Naked Lunch in My Life
114
The Reception of Naked Lunch in Germany
123
Naked Lunch in Apartheid South Africa
133
The Olympia Press Naked Lunch as Collectible and Book Object
142
The Pulp Science Fiction of Naked Lunch
223
DJ Burroughs and Me
233
William S Burroughs Bioscientist
238
A Little Night Music
250
works cited and consulted for dossiers
265
illustration credits
269
contributors
271
index
275
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About the author (2009)

Oliver Harris has an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, in addition to degrees in English and Shakespeare studies, and recently received his PhD. His first novel, The Hollow Man, launched the Detective Nick Belsey series. He also reviews for the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London.

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