About the event

Held in honor of the centennial of William S. Burroughs's birth, and the WSB@100 Festival in New York City scheduled for the entirety of the month of April, 2014, this conference will explore the life and works of one of the most innovative and influential twentieth-century American writers and artists. Join us for a series of talks and roundtables by editors, artists, and scholars on a range of issues from the problem of gender in Burroughs's writings to his role in postwar America little magazines, his still unpublished archival materials, cut-up experiments and novels, and his photography.

This conference is free and open to the public.Organized by Phd candidate in the Program in English Alex Wermer-Colan.

For further information, or if you have questions about this conference, email organizer Alex Wermer-Colan at: alwermercolan@gmail.com

Part One

Introduction and Editing Burroughs with John Bennett and Geoffrey Smith

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Part Two

Burroughs and Literary Magazines with Jed Birmingham, Charles Plymell, and Jan Herman

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Part Three

Biography and Photography: Barry Miles in conversation with Oliver Harris

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Part Four

Gender Trouble with Anne Waldman, Regina Weinreich, and Ann Douglas

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Part Five

Keynote: Oliver Harris Cutting up the Trilogy

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Cosponsored by the English Students Association, Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the PhD Program in English, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Doctoral Students' Council, and the WSB@100 Festival.

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