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Transatlantic Crosscurrents: European Influences and Dissent in the Works of Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs (1938-1992)

Heal, Benjamin J. (2016) Transatlantic Crosscurrents: European Influences and Dissent in the Works of Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs (1938-1992). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:57120)

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Abstract

This thesis examines the European influences on the works of Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs, focusing on the themes, styles, techniques and preoccupations derived from Existentialism, Surrealism and Primitivism. Their texts, informed by their interest in the transatlantic intellectual currents of the time and non-American influences, represent a dissenting voice against the commonly and officially held values of the post-World War II United States and Western ideological power structures, and offer an insight into the development of a twentieth century American cultural identity.

The historical contexts, influences of European intellectual cross-currents and range of connections between Bowles and Burroughs combine to make a compelling case that their works are politically charged, transatlantic in style and technique, and stridently significant in the history of English language literature and our understanding of contemporary American and European cultures.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Ayers, David
Uncontrolled keywords: American Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Surrealism, Existentialism, Beat Studies, Film Noir, Primitivism, Authorship, Literary Theory, Dissent, Ideology, Expatriation, Violence, Intoxication, Colonialism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2016 11:00 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57120 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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