THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Naked Lunch
By William S. Burroughs

An essay by Fiona Paton, State University of New York, which interprets Burrough's infamous novel from a Gothic perspective, examining its narrative from within the political and sociocultural context of 1950s America.
In this essay Stephen Sheehan explores how the various compositional processes and early critical presences that shaped Naked Lunch problematise a critical approach to the text.
A chapter from Wising Up the Marks: The Amodern William Burroughs by Timothy S. Murphy, exploring the negative dialectics of Naked Lunch. It mainly comprises a comparitive analysis of the book and film.
An essay by Carol Loranger of Wright State University which relates the story of the production of Naked Lunch to its initial reception, assessing differences between various editions of the novel from a mainly textual standpoint.