Mess, taste, and gastric criticism: digesting Naked Lunch

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Mess, taste, and gastric criticism : digesting Naked Lunch. / Cran, Rona.

Burroughs Unbound: William S Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. ed. / S.E. Gontarski. 1. ed. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

Harvard

Cran, R 2021, Mess, taste, and gastric criticism: digesting Naked Lunch. in SE Gontarski (ed.), Burroughs Unbound: William S Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. 1 edn, Bloomsbury Publishing. <https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/burroughs-unbound-9781501362187>

APA

Cran, R. (2021). Mess, taste, and gastric criticism: digesting Naked Lunch. In S. E. Gontarski (Ed.), Burroughs Unbound: William S Burroughs and the Performance of Writing (1 ed.). Bloomsbury Publishing. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/burroughs-unbound-9781501362187

Vancouver

Cran R. Mess, taste, and gastric criticism: digesting Naked Lunch. In Gontarski SE, editor, Burroughs Unbound: William S Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. 1 ed. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2021

Author

Cran, Rona. / Mess, taste, and gastric criticism : digesting Naked Lunch. Burroughs Unbound: William S Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. editor / S.E. Gontarski. 1. ed. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

Bibtex

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