In his article "Authorship in Burroughs's Red Night Trilogy and Bowles's Translation of Moroccan Storytellers" Benjamin J. Heal discusses Paul Bowles's and William S. Burroughs's varying interrogation of the constructed nature of authorship. In his study Heal focuses on the publication history of Burroughs's Cities of the Red Night (1981), which was written with considerable collaborative influence and Bowles's translation of illiterate Moroccan storytellers, where his influence over the production and editing of the texts is blurred as are the roles of author and translator. Through an examination of Bowles's and Burroughs's authorship strategies in parallel with an explication of the poststructuralist authorship theories of Barthes and Foucault, Heal presents an analysis of the extent of Bowles's and Burroughs's critique of the Western construction of "authorship."
Heal, Benjamin J.
"Authorship in Burroughs's Red Night Trilogy and Bowles's Translation of Moroccan Storytellers."
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