Pornographic Experience In William Burroughs's Naked Lunch
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An Analysis on Pornographic Experience in William S. Burroughs’s Naked Lunch
William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was more than just a homosexual who got away with murdering his second wife, Joan Villmer, after shooting her in the head. However, William Burroughs’s misogyny, misanthropy, and drug addiction flavour the literary works that made Burroughs a significant figure in American letters in the twentieth century. Burroughs was a renowned novelist, predominant member of the Beat movement.
Though presented in a different manner, Burroughs’s Naked Lunch also provides a contestatory account of the sexual and pornographic that clearly transforms hidden, private sexual action into a public, external experience that achieves the utilitarian ideal of mutual social visibility. At the time of its publication in 1959, Burroughs’s Naked Lunch was faced with censorship due to its legal designation as an obscene work. While the novel was met with some critical praise, many traditional humanist detractors critiqued its experimental style, which was often deemed lacking in literary accomplishment. Though popularly considered a novel, Naked Lunch consists of a more experimental collage- like array of fragmentary sequences loosely linked by the intermittent presence of the narrator- protagonist and agent, William Lee, Burroughs’s presumed literary persona. The novel’s events occur in various fictional locations representative of extreme forms of social organization, including the