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Radical Detours: A Situationist Reading of Philip K. Dick

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dc.contributor.advisor McNeill, Dougal
dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Tim Raba, Andrew 2016-10-17T03:36:41Z 2016-10-17T03:36:41Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract In this project I read four Philip K. Dick novels against the writing of the Situationist International (SI). In doing so, I seek to disrupt two critical trends that arguably impede Dick criticism: the depoliticization of Dick and the lack of focus on his style. Through reading his work against the politics of the SI, Dick’s own radical politics can be defined and reaffirmed. I make the case that Dick is a writer predominantly concerned with politics and ideology over and above philosophy and ontology. Secondly, I argue that the political power of Dick’s work is inseparable from his avant-garde style; in particular, his frequent use of what the Situationists termed détournement. With revolutionary politics and avant-garde aesthetics in mind, I re-examine the canonical novels Martian Time-Slip and Ubik, and redeem two of Dick’s neglected novels, The Game-Players of Titan and Galactic Pot-Healer. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Philip K. Dick
dc.subject Situationism en_NZ
dc.subject Marxism en_NZ
dc.title Radical Detours: A Situationist Reading of Philip K. Dick en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ English Literature en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains All Rights en_NZ 2016-10-13T23:05:22Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200506 North American Literature en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200524 Comparative Literature Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 910103 Economic Growth en_NZ

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