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The Glorious Plagiarism, Trash Aesthetics, and Ecological Entropy of Cryptic Cut-Ups from Minutes to Go

Arts and Humanities, University College Roosevelt, Lange Noordstraat 1, 4331 CB Middelburg, The Netherlands
Humanities 2019, 8(2), 116; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8020116
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 21 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Beat Generation Writers as Readers of World Literature)
This paper examines some of the many ways in which example early cut-ups from Minutes to Go recall canonical literary forms, revive the revolutionary destructive urgency of Dada aesthetics, as well as contribute to wider environmental concerns. How do unusual examples of radically experimental literature contribute to how people think about the environment? What can additional consideration of the cut-up manifesto Minutes to Go tell us about the relationship between culture and nature? This paper suggests that unstudied examples of cryptic cut-ups from Minutes to Go participate in cultural recycling through the Glorious Plagiarism of canonical texts, and what emerges from the Dada Compost Grinder is a trash aesthetic that highlights the voids of both consumer and material culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecocriticism; environmental humanities; Beat Generation; William Burroughs; Brion Gysin; glorious plagiarism; Dada; cut-up ecocriticism; environmental humanities; Beat Generation; William Burroughs; Brion Gysin; glorious plagiarism; Dada; cut-up
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Weidner, C. The Glorious Plagiarism, Trash Aesthetics, and Ecological Entropy of Cryptic Cut-Ups from Minutes to Go. Humanities 2019, 8, 116.

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