The Body is a Soft Machine: The Twisted Somaesthetic of William S. Burroughs

Robert Jones
This article explores the role of the body in William S. Burroughs's novels Junky (1959), The Soft Machine (1961, revised 1966 and 1968), The Ticket That Exploded (1962, revised 1967), and Nova Express (1964), of which the latter three comprise the Nova or Cut-Up Trilogy. The links between Burroughs's work and the fringe sciences and philosophies which he pursued for much of his life, are clear within his oeuvre. The fringe areas he studied most...
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