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The Future of Extinction: William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands

Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg, Denmark
Humanities 2020, 9(4), 142; https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040142
Received: 28 September 2020 / Revised: 22 November 2020 / Accepted: 25 November 2020 / Published: 8 December 2020
In this article, I draw on William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands to think about what François Laruelle has termed a “generic humanity.” This generic humanity broadens and expands our ethical obligations towards those who have not yet been included in humanity. Burroughs’ emphasis in the novel on flattened time, magic, and death as transformation is used to show how we can make Mankind extinct from our way of thinking. Burroughs’ novel is thus an example of a “philo-fiction,” a work of literature that allows us to see the world differently. View Full-Text
Keywords: Beat Generation; William S. Burroughs; climate change; environmental humanities; posthuman; non-philosophy Beat Generation; William S. Burroughs; climate change; environmental humanities; posthuman; non-philosophy
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Christiansen, S.L. The Future of Extinction: William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands. Humanities 2020, 9, 142. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040142

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Christiansen SL. The Future of Extinction: William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands. Humanities. 2020; 9(4):142. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040142

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Christiansen, Steen L. 2020. "The Future of Extinction: William S. Burroughs’ The Western Lands" Humanities 9, no. 4: 142. https://doi.org/10.3390/h9040142

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