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Marcus B Boon

Department of English

Professor
 
Office: 347 Stong College
Phone: (416) 736-2100 Ext: 40675
Emailmboon@yorku.ca
 
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Marcus Boon teaches contemporary literature and cultural theory. His interests include literature in the digital age, critical theory, the Beats and other alternative and countercultures, sound studies, and the cultural study of spirituality and religion. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) and In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010). He edited America! A Prophecy: The Sparrow Reader (Soft Skull, 2006) and Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno (Soft Skull, 2008) and wrote the introduction to Walter Benjamin's On Hashish (Harvard UP, 2006). He writes about music and sound for The Wire. He is currently working on a book entitled The Politics of Vibration. His website is www.marcusboon.com.

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Books

In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010).

The Road of Excess: A History of Writers and Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002).

Book Chapters

“From the Right to Copy to Practices of Copying” in Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creative Canadian Culture Online, eds. Rosemary Coombe and Darren Wershler, (University of Toronto Press, 2013).

“Meditations in an Emergency: On the Apparent Destruction of My MP3 Collection” in Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, ed. David Banash and Kevin Moist (Scarecrow Press, 2013).

"Digital Mana: On the Source of the Infinite Proliferation of Mutant Copies in Contemporary Culture.” in Cutting Across Media: Interventionist Collage and the Politics of Appropriation, ed. Kembrew McLeod and Rudy Kuenzli (Duke UP, 2011).

“Erik’s Trip”, Introduction to Erik Davis’ Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (Yeti Books, 2010).

“John Giorno’s Buddhist Poetics of Transgression” in The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature ed. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff (SUNY Press, 2009).

Introduction to Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno, ed. Boon (Soft Skull, 2008)

Introduction to Walter Benjamin’s On Hashish, trans. Howard Eiland (Harvard UP, 2006).

“The Eternal Drone” in Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music ed. Rob Young (20 p., Continuum, 2003)

Forthcoming

"To Live in a Glass House is a Revolutionary Virtue Par Excellence: Marxism, Buddhism and the Politics of Non-Alignment" in Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism and Critical Theory w. Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn (no publisher, forthcoming).

"Structures of Sharing: Depropriation and Intellectual Property Law", Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law, ed. Madelaine Saginur, Teresa Scassa and Mistrale Goudreau (Irwin Law, forthcoming).

"Depropriation: The Real Pirate's Dilemma" in Postcolonial Piracy, eds. Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming).

"Digital Dance Musics and Globalization" in Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music, ed. Tony Herrington (Strange Attractor Press, forthcoming).

“Afrofuturism and Appropriation” in Afrofuturism, ed. Tobias Van der Ween (Wayne State UP, forthcoming).

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN4000 6.0  Studies in Literary Theory: Cultural Studies ONLN Course Website 


Marcus Boon teaches contemporary literature and cultural theory. His interests include literature in the digital age, critical theory, the Beats and other alternative and countercultures, sound studies, and the cultural study of spirituality and religion. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002) and In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010). He edited America! A Prophecy: The Sparrow Reader (Soft Skull, 2006) and Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno (Soft Skull, 2008) and wrote the introduction to Walter Benjamin's On Hashish (Harvard UP, 2006). He writes about music and sound for The Wire. He is currently working on a book entitled The Politics of Vibration. His website is www.marcusboon.com.



Degrees

Ph.D., New York University
M. A., New York University
B. A., University College London

All Publications

Books

In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010).

The Road of Excess: A History of Writers and Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002).

Book Chapters

“From the Right to Copy to Practices of Copying” in Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creative Canadian Culture Online, eds. Rosemary Coombe and Darren Wershler, (University of Toronto Press, 2013).

“Meditations in an Emergency: On the Apparent Destruction of My MP3 Collection” in Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, ed. David Banash and Kevin Moist (Scarecrow Press, 2013).

"Digital Mana: On the Source of the Infinite Proliferation of Mutant Copies in Contemporary Culture.” in Cutting Across Media: Interventionist Collage and the Politics of Appropriation, ed. Kembrew McLeod and Rudy Kuenzli (Duke UP, 2011).

“Erik’s Trip”, Introduction to Erik Davis’ Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (Yeti Books, 2010).

“John Giorno’s Buddhist Poetics of Transgression” in The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature ed. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff (SUNY Press, 2009).

Introduction to Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno, ed. Boon (Soft Skull, 2008)

Introduction to Walter Benjamin’s On Hashish, trans. Howard Eiland (Harvard UP, 2006).

“The Eternal Drone” in Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music ed. Rob Young (20 p., Continuum, 2003)

Forthcoming

"To Live in a Glass House is a Revolutionary Virtue Par Excellence: Marxism, Buddhism and the Politics of Non-Alignment" in Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism and Critical Theory w. Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn (no publisher, forthcoming).

"Structures of Sharing: Depropriation and Intellectual Property Law", Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law, ed. Madelaine Saginur, Teresa Scassa and Mistrale Goudreau (Irwin Law, forthcoming).

"Depropriation: The Real Pirate's Dilemma" in Postcolonial Piracy, eds. Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming).

"Digital Dance Musics and Globalization" in Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music, ed. Tony Herrington (Strange Attractor Press, forthcoming).

“Afrofuturism and Appropriation” in Afrofuturism, ed. Tobias Van der Ween (Wayne State UP, forthcoming).


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/EN4000 6.0  Studies in Literary Theory: Cultural Studies ONLN Course Website