Mess, Taste, and Gastronomic Criticism: Digesting Naked Lunch

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

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Mess, Taste, and Gastronomic Criticism: Digesting Naked Lunch. / Cran, Rona.

Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. ed. / S.E. Gontarski; Chris Michaels; Raymond Blake Stricklin. Bloomsbury, 2020.

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

Harvard

Cran, R 2020, Mess, Taste, and Gastronomic Criticism: Digesting Naked Lunch. in SE Gontarski, C Michaels & RB Stricklin (eds), Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. Bloomsbury.

APA

Cran, R. (Accepted/In press). Mess, Taste, and Gastronomic Criticism: Digesting Naked Lunch. In S. E. Gontarski, C. Michaels, & R. B. Stricklin (Eds.), Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing Bloomsbury.

Vancouver

Cran R. Mess, Taste, and Gastronomic Criticism: Digesting Naked Lunch. In Gontarski SE, Michaels C, Stricklin RB, editors, Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. Bloomsbury. 2020

Author

Cran, Rona. / Mess, Taste, and Gastronomic Criticism: Digesting Naked Lunch. Burroughs Unbound: William Burroughs and the Performance of Writing. editor / S.E. Gontarski ; Chris Michaels ; Raymond Blake Stricklin. Bloomsbury, 2020.

Bibtex

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