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William S. Burroughs is consistently thought of as a novelist who is gay, rather than a gay novelist. This distinction is slight, yet remarkable, since it has meant that Burroughs has been excluded from the gay canon and from the scope of queer theory. In this intelligent book, Jamie Russell offers the first queer reading of Burroughs' novels. He explores how the novels of Burroughs can be seen as a sustained attempt to offer a very personal rethinking of gay subjectivity and as an attempt to overturn stereotypes of gay men as effeminate. Yet in his celebration and appropriation of some of the most violent, misogynistic, and effeminophobic elements of heterosexually-identified masculinity, Burroughs' life and writing suggest a subjectivity that has been deeply troubling to many in the gay community.
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About the Author
Jamie Russell is a lecturer in English and a freelance journalist. He lives in London.
Table of Contents* Queering the Burroughs Canon
Resisting the Paradigm: Battling the Discourses of Effeminacy in Junkie , Queer , and Naked Lunch
Imagining it Otherwise: Engrams, Effeminacy, and Masculine Identity
Powers of Pleasure: Hypermasculinity, Hedonism, and Self-Mastery *The flight of the Soul from the Body *