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The Dark Ecology of Naked Lunch

Department of English, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 90840, USA
Humanities 2020, 9(4), 130; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040130
Received: 15 September 2020 / Revised: 22 October 2020 / Accepted: 22 October 2020 / Published: 30 October 2020
In this article, I argue that William S. Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch engages in a “perverse aesthetics” that is analogous to Timothy Morton’s theory of dark ecology. The novel’s main themes of consumption and control are directly related to the Anthropocene’s twin disasters of global warming and mass extinction, and the trope for addiction, junk, reveals Burroughs’ deep analysis of the political and social forces that attempt to control life, what Burroughs calls biocontrol. By placing the novel’s obsession with hanging/lynching in the context of dark ecology, its critique of racism can also be seen as a critique of speciesism. View Full-Text
Keywords: William S. Burroughs; Naked Lunch; dark ecology; consumption; control; Timothy Morton; speciesism; consumerism; mass extinction William S. Burroughs; Naked Lunch; dark ecology; consumption; control; Timothy Morton; speciesism; consumerism; mass extinction
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