William S. Burroughs' William Tell Routine: the Birth of the Possessed Reporter from a Staged Accidental Death
In order to become a writer William S. Burroughs, the author of Junky and Naked Lunch, had to shoot his wife. That is what the myth says. In this article, I will demonstrate how the scandal of a contingent event - the negligent shooting of a woman while drunk - had to be transformed into a kind of conspiratorial plot in order to erect the image of a modern Orpheus. Contingency could be called the primary scandal of philosophy. It can be shown how even a scandalous author such as Burroughs need to banish contingency - through repetition of the mythological scheme of a man who is innocently responsible for the tragic death of his wife - to constitute himself as a writer. By adapting common myths Burroughs brings these myths into a new, outrageous form, and thereby installs a new set of values.
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Volume (Year): 19 (2002)
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