Information Multiplicity: American Fiction in the Age of Media Saturation

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In Information Multiplicity, Johnston describes how fractalized realism has redefined thought itself - from the High Modernist "stream of consciousness" into what the machine philosopher Daniel Dennett refers to as "multiple drafts" or "circuits" operating concurrently in the human brain. In a series of close readings, Johnston traces how such a viral influx of information into human consciousness has been replicated in works by Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow and Vineland), Joseph McElroy (Lookout Cartridge), ...
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Overview

In Information Multiplicity, Johnston describes how fractalized realism has redefined thought itself - from the High Modernist "stream of consciousness" into what the machine philosopher Daniel Dennett refers to as "multiple drafts" or "circuits" operating concurrently in the human brain. In a series of close readings, Johnston traces how such a viral influx of information into human consciousness has been replicated in works by Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow and Vineland), Joseph McElroy (Lookout Cartridge), William Gaddis (JR), Don DeLillo (Libra), and William Gibson (Neuromancer).
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Johnston (English, Emory U.) analyzes works by Thomas Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow and Vineland), Joseph McElroy (Lookout Cartridge), William Gaddis (JR), Don DeLillo (Libra), and William Gibson (Neuromancer), in light of definitions and theories proposed by Claude Shannon, Norbert Wiener, Daniel Dennett, and Deleuze and Guattari. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Making thoughtful use of Deleuze, Guattari, and even Baudrillard, Johnston offers a learned yet clear analysis; this volume will become indispensable to college and university collections of literary criticism.

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Making thoughtful use of Deleuze, Guattari, and even Baudrillard, Johnston offers a learned yet clear analysis; this volume will become indispensable to college and university collections of literary criticism.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801857041
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/1998
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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John Johnston teaches in the department of English at Emory University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Writing (in) the Machinic Universe
1 The Literary Assemblage: Writing Machines and Late Capitalism 11
2 Information and Mediality: The Novel as Psychic Apparatus 31
Pt. II The Novel of Information Multiplicity
3 Rocket-State Assemblage: Gravity's Rainbow 61
4 Narration, Delirium, Machinic Consciousness: Lookout Cartridge 97
5 Capitalism and Entropic Flow: JR 123
Pt. III The Novel of Media Assemblages
6 Fictions of the Culture Medium: The Novels of Don DeLillo 165
7 An American Book of the Dead: Media and Spectral Life in Vineland 206
8 The Disappearance of Media: Cyberspace in Neuromancer 233
Coda: "Change for the Machines": The Complexity of Bodies in Synners 257
Notes 267
Index 297
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