By Edward S. Robinson
Shift Linguals traces a background of the cut-up procedure, the experimental writing perform stumbled on by means of Brion Gysin and made well-known by means of Beat writer William S. Burroughs. From the groundbreaking works of Dada and Surrealism that lead the way for Burroughs' leap forward, during the countercultural explosion of the Nineteen Sixties, Shift Linguals explores the evolution of the cut-ups in the theoretical frameworks of postmodernism and the avant-garde to reach at the moment and the electronic age. a few 50 years on from the 1st 'discovery' of the cut-ups in 1959, it is just now that we're actually in a position to detect the method's effect, not just on literature, yet on song and tradition in a broader experience. the results of over 9 years of study, this learn represents the 1st sustained and special research of the cut-ups as a story shape. With explorations of the works of Burroughs, Gysin, Kathy Acker, and John Giorno, it additionally comprises the 1st severe writing at the works of Claude Pélieu and Carl Weissner in English, in addition to the 1st in-depth dialogue of the writing of Stewart domestic to this point.
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