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Philip K Dick : Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern - Christopher Palmer

Philip K Dick

Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern

Paperback Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780853236283
Number Of Pages: 272

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Once solely the possession of fans and buffs, the SF author Philip K Dick is now finding a much wider audience, as the success of the films Blade Runner and Minority Report shows. The kind of world he predicted in his funny and frightening novels and stories is coming closer to most of us: shifting realities, unstable relations, uncertain moralities. Philip K. Dick: Exhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern examines a wide range of Dick’s work, including his short stories and posthumously published realist novels. Christopher Palmer analyzes the puzzling and dazzling effects of Dick’s fiction, and argues that at its heart is a clash between exhilarating possibilities of transformation, and a frightening lack of ethical certainties. Dick’s work is seen as the inscription of his own historical predicament, the clash between humanism and postmodernism being played out in the complex forms of the fiction. The problem is never resolved, but Dick’s ways of imagining it become steadily more ingenious and challenging.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
Philip K. Dick and the Postmodernp. 3
Complications of Humanism and Postmodernismp. 30
Static and Kinetic in Dick's Political Unconsciousp. 44
Mired in the Sex War: Dick's Realist Novels of the Fiftiesp. 67
The Short Stories: Philip K. Dick and the Nuclear Familyp. 85
The Man in the High Castle: The Reasonableness and Madness of Historyp. 109
Eating and Being Eaten: Dangerous Deities and Depleted Consumersp. 133
Critique and Fantasy in Martian Time-Slip and Clans of the Alphane Moonp. 146
Critical Reason and Romantic Idealism in Martian Time-Slipp. 162
A Scanner Darkly: Postmodern Society and the End of Differencep. 177
Gestures, Anecdotes, Visions: Formal Recourses of Humanismp. 201
Postmodernism and the Birth of the Author in Valisp. 223
Works Citedp. 238
Indexp. 249
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ISBN: 9780853236283
ISBN-10: 0853236283
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts & Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43

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