The series begins with Oliver Harris, Professor of American Literature, American Studies, Keele University, speaking on September 16, 2010. His talk "Confusion's Masterpiece: re-editing William Burroughs' First Trilogy," will take place in 523 Butler Library on Columbia's Morningside Campus at 6:00 PM.
Burroughs wrote his first trilogy of novels over a four-year period (1950-1953) but the publishing history of Junkie (1953), The Yage Letters (1963), and Queer (1985) not only confused the continuity of their composition but also shaped the identity of each text. Following new edition of Junky: the definitive text of "Junk" (2003) and The Yage Letters Redux (2006), the publication in 2010 of Queer: 25th Anniversary Edition, completes the trilogy re-editing. Is the result an end to confusion? Isaac Gerwirtz, Curator, Berg Collection, NYPL, will introduce the speaker and serve as interlocutor for this talk.
Copies of the newly released Queer: 25th-Anniversary Edition will be available for purchase at the event.
All events will be held on Columbia's Morningside Campus in Butler Library’s room 523 from 6:00–7:30 PM. For detailed speaker information, please visit http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/rbml/exhibitions/bhc.html or e-mail Gerald Cloud at email@example.com.