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The Green Ghost, by Chad Weidner, uncovers the ecological context of literary texts by William Burroughs. Until now, much scholarly work on Burroughs has focused on the sensational aspects of his life and innovative writing.  By rereading canonical and ignored texts while pushing the boundaries of ecocritical theory and practice, Weidner provides a fresh perspective on Burroughs and suggests new theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the work of other Beat writers.

Using an ecocritical lens, Weidner explores the toxicity in Naked Lunch, while at the same time teasing out latent ecological questions embedded in Burroughs’s later works. The author’s analysis of unknown and miniature “cut-ups,” texts that have been disassembled and rearranged to create new texts, provides a new understanding of these cryptic forms. Weidner also examines in detail books by Burroughs that have been virtually ignored by critics, exposing the deep ecology of the Beat writer’s vision.  

In calling attention to Burroughs’s narrative strategies that link him to an environmental political position, The Green Ghost reveals the work of the Beat writer as a ripe source for ecocritical dialogue.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Burning Bones: The Limits of Material Culture and the Toxic Human in Naked Lunch
  2. pp. 22-37
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  1. 3. Mutable Forms: The Proto-ecology of Early Cut-ups from Minutes to Go and The Yage Letters
  2. pp. 38-63
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  1. 4. A Land of Grass without Mirrors: The Dada Ecopoetics of Moving Images in William Burroughs’ Nova Express and Věra Chytilová’s Sedmikrásky (Daisies)
  2. pp. 64-83
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  1. 5. The Retroactive Pastoral: Comic Dark Ecology, Deep Green Resistance, and the Romantic Plastic Indian in the Red Night Trilogy
  2. pp. 84-112
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  1. 6. Terrestrial Creatures: Problematizing the Animal and Empathizing the Human in The Cat Inside
  2. pp. 113-135
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  1. 7. A Blackness Too Pure: The Elegy of Ecophagy in Ghost of Chance
  2. pp. 136-157
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 158-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-174
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 175-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-200
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809334872
Related ISBN
9780809334865
MARC Record
OCLC
944920103
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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