"Cut the word lines": The evolution of the cut-up method as revolutionary weapon in William S. Burroughs's "Nova" trilogy
Nelson, Lucas Brian
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This project examines the function of the cut-up method in William S Burroughs's Nova trilogy ( The Soft Machine, The Ticket That Exploded, Nova Express ). Through a textual analysis of each novel, I track the evolution of Burroughs's conception of the cut-up method as a revolutionary weapon, and ultimately find that Burroughs is skeptical about the actual potential for the cut-up method to bring about a paradigm shift.