mandag, marts 10, 2014

I aften på Forfatterskolen: Davis Schneiderman om William s. Burroughs

Velkommen til en aften om William S. Burroughs og cut-up på Forfatterskolen ved forfatter og underviser Davis Schneiderman. Davis Schneiderman introduceres af aftenens vært, Martin Glaz Serup. Foredrag og samtale finder sted på engelsk.

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“The Book of Methods: A New Vision of Burroughs, Collaboration, and Cut-up/Conceptual culture”

William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin’s out-of-print cut-up manifesto, The Third Mind, first published in English in 1978, actually began its life much earlier. The work began with an earlier series of collaborations between Burroughs and Gysin, and started with the “discovery” of the cut-ups in 1959 that initiated the methodological foci of this practice. While setting origin dates is always dangerous, the entire period from 1959-1978 produced texts and images that would come to characterize the greater project of The Third Mind, as well as Burroughs’ larger literary projects.

Starting with Burroughs’ work, this master class focuses on cut-ups and collage in contemporary practice with attention to its long history, as well as to related topics including visual texts, sampling and sound, copyright and plagiarism, randomness vs. composition, avant-garde links to cultural production, new media and social networks, and crowd-sourcing. The workshop will express Burroughsian collage practice through various tensions inherent in the technique, as well as through Schneiderman’s experimental and conceptual creative works.


He co-edited the collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto 2004), recently republished for its ten-year anniversary at; The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska, 2009); and The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing (vols. 1 and 2). He has written on Burroughs for many publications, including The Journal of Beat Studies (2013), and Naked Lunch @ 50: Anniversary Essays (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), and will perform at The Burroughs Century conference this spring in Bloomington, Indiana.

His work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International,, and The Chicago Tribune; he blogs for

The Huffington Post.

He is Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Center for Chicago Programs, as well as Professor of English and Director of Lake Forest College Press/ &NOW Books at Lake Forest College near Chicago.



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