Shift Linguals: Cut-Up Narratives from William S. Burroughs to the Present - Postmodern Studies 46 (Paperback)Edward S. Robinson (author)
Paperback 290 Pages / Published: 01/01/2011
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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.
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 17 mm
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