2009 Presentations (Communicative Events)
From Dr. Mabuse to Doc Benway: The Myths and Manuscripts of Naked Lunch
We could say that Burroughs is the death's head spoiling the group portrait of American literature, and Naked Lunch is a blot on the literary landscape, a stain on the canon of not only mainstream realist fiction but of postmodern fiction, too. Naked Lunch just doesn't fit, is neither properly in nor out of the picture, neither comfortably inside the canon nor comfortably absent from it.
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Keynote address at the Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library conference, "Fifty Years of Naked Lunch: From the Interzone to the Archive . . . and Back," New York, October 9, 2009.