publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Burroughs's Postcolonial Visions in The Yage Letters

Keomany, Melanie;
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  • Published: 31 Dec 2016 Journal: CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, volume 18 (eissn: 1481-4374, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Purdue University (bepress)
  • Country: United States
Abstract
In her article "Burroughs's Postcolonial Visions in The Yage Letters" Melanie Keomany discusses the contents of William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg's The Yage Letters which could be dismissed as openly bigoted and racist. Keomany posits that the text reveals valuable connections between the colonial expansion of the eighteenth century and 1950s USA and Latin America. By re-shaping Burroughs's lived experiences in the Amazon into a text where the narrator William Lee mimics sardonically and parodically the colonial scientific explorer, The Yage Letters provides valuable insight into the complex postcolonial context of the mid-twentieth century.
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free text keywords: Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Latin America, The Yage Letters, US America, postocolonial, neo-imperial, comparative literature, intercultural studies, postcolonial and colonial studies, American Literature, American Studies, Arts and Humanities, Latina/o Studies, Literature in English, North America, Modern Literature, Other Arts and Humanities
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