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    Nova law: William S. Burroughs and the logic of control

    Moore, Nathan (2007) Nova law: William S. Burroughs and the logic of control. Law and Literature 19 (3), pp. 435-470. ISSN 1535-685X.

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    Abstract

    There is a sense which courses through the work of William S. Burroughs and Gilles Deleuze, exemplified by Deleuze’s appropriation of Burroughs’ word “control.” Furthermore, “control” indexes a set of problems concerned with the functioning of language or, more explicitly, with the relations between word and image. Burroughs uses the “cut-up technique” to dismember these relations, while Deleuze seeks to short-circuit them in lines of flight, becomings, and war machines. In this sense, Deleuze and Burroughs share a common enemy, but an enemy with many names: globalisation, late capitalism, psychoanalysis, representation, Mr. Bradly Mr. Martin, information, statistics, word virus … all of these are the names of control. Deleuze and Burroughs, philosophy and literature—in this disjuncture, the most cynical and cold consequences of a law become tactical can be diagnosed.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 15:00
    Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 15:00
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/26857

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