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Philip K. Dick : exhilaration and terror of the postmodern

Author: Christopher Palmer
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2003.
Series: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, 26.
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"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 analyses 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Palmer, Christopher, 1948-
Philip K. Dick.
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)606982148
Named Person: Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick; Philip K Dick
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Palmer
ISBN: 0853236186 9780853236184 0853236283 9780853236283
OCLC Number: 51108856
Description: x, 259 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Philip K. Dick and the Postmodern --
Complications of Humanism and Postmodernism --
Static and Kinetic in Dick's Political Unconscious --
Mired in the Sex War: Dick's Realist Novels of the Fifties --
The Short Stories: Philip K. Dick and the Nuclear Family --
The Man in the High Castle: The Reasonableness and Madness of History --
Eating and Being Eaten: Dangerous Deities and Depleted Consumers --
Critique and Fantasy in Martian Time-Slip and Clans of the Alphane Moon --
Critical Reason and Romantic Idealism in Martian Time-Slip --
A Scanner Darkly: Postmodern Society and the End of Difference --
Gestures, Anecdotes, Visions: Formal Recourses of Humanism --
Postmodernism and the Birth of the Author in Valis.
Series Title: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, 26.
Responsibility: Christopher Palmer.
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"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 analyses 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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