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A Grenade With the Fuse Lit: William S. Burroughs and Retroactive Utopias in Cities of the Red Night

Grattan, Sean (2010) A Grenade With the Fuse Lit: William S. Burroughs and Retroactive Utopias in Cities of the Red Night. Utopian Studies, 21 (1). pp. 118-138. ISSN 10.1353. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:55262)

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Abstract

In 1981, William S. Burroughs—often considered a writer of devastatingly apocalyptic dystopian vision—published "Cities of the Red Night," his first foray into utopian writing. This article examines Burroughs's conception of the "retroactive utopia." It highlights Burroughs's ambivalence toward utopian projects and invokes both his hope and his disappointment in the ability for utopian writing to engender political change.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Kate Smith
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 08:50 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55262 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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