May 07, 2004


This new collection of Burroughs essays is out on Pluto Press; it includes a contribution from Ccru.

Here's the press release:

RETAKING THE UNIVERSE: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization
Edited by Davis Schneiderman and Philip Walsh
Published by Pluto Press
May 2004 / 328pp / Pb £17.99 / $24.95 / 0745320813

“An artist with his antennae up, Burroughs responded to the same cultural landscape that spurred and shaped so much of contemporary theory: the manipulation of images by mass media, space travel, Cold War politics, genetic engineering, sophisticated surveillance systems, chemical/biological warfare, nuclear arms proliferation, genocide, environmental disaster, global inequalities in the aftermath of colonialism, a surge of religious fundamentalism, electronic communications, more open expressions of various forms of sexual desire, and so on.” [extracted from chapter 1]

With a proud history of publishing the very best in progressive, critical thinking across politics, the social sciences and literary theory, Pluto Press is proud to present this title on our list.

'Schneiderman's and Walsh's new collection should mark the beginning of a new and wider view of the contemporary implications of Burroughs's thought. This book is retaking the universe of Burroughsian interpretation – starting now.' James Grauerholz

This anthology of writings on the work of William S Burroughs offers genuinely new and contemporary scholarship on a hugely influential and still widely read and studied cultural phenomenon. The move beyond the merely literary, to argue for the social and political dimensions and relevance of Burroughs’ work, is what makes this particular collection a distinctive one.

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Posted by mark at May 7, 2004 02:39 PM | TrackBack

Sounds good, look forward to the full review.

Can't be as good as, say, the Adding Machine though.

Posted by: paul "Essex boy" meme at May 7, 2004 09:01 PM

This anthology will provide fresh perspective on WSB's work.

Posted by: Ed Desautels at May 24, 2004 09:30 PM