The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction

The Holodeck in the Garden: Science and Technology in Contemporary American Fiction

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564783554
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Dalkey Archive Scholarly Series
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Freese is a professor and chair of American Studies at the University of Paderborn, Germany. The past president of the German Association for American Studies and bearer of the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande, he is also the author and editor of more than forty books and over 150 articles on diverse aspects of American life and literature.

Charles B. Harris directs the Unit for Contemporary Literature at Illinois State University. He is also the publisher of American Book Review and author of numerous books and articles on recent American fiction and the profession of English studies. In 1997 the Modern Language Associated honored him with the Francis Andrew March Award for Exceptional Service to the Profession of English.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Holodeck in the GardenIX
I.The Holodeck in the Garden: Informatics in the Age of the Posthuman1
Performative Code and Figurative Language: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon3
The Virtual Reader: Cybernetics and Technocracy in William Gibson and Bruce Sterling's The Difference Engine28
Are Rhizomes Scale-free?: Network Theory and Contemporary American Fiction53
"Of Metal Ducks, Embodied Iduros, and Autopoietic Bridges": Tales of an Intelligent Materialism in the Age of Artificial Life72
Kingdoms of the Blind: Technology and Vision in Douglas Coupland's Girlfriend in a Coma and Stephen Spielberg's Minority Report100
Technoromanticism and the Limits of Representationalism: Richard Powers's Plowing the Dark110
The Great American Disaster Machine130
II.The Technology in/of Contemporary American Fiction141
Mech/Shaper, or, Varieties of Prosthetic Fiction: Mathews, Sorrentino, Acker, and Others143
Race and Modernity in Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist163
Anxieties of Obsolescence: DeLillo's Cosmopolis179
Performing the Spectacle of Technology at the Beginning of the American Century: Steven Milhauser's Martin Dressler192
History on Wheels: A Hegelian Reading of "Speed" in Contemporary American Literature and Culture212
Stephen Wright: Going Native (by Car)225
From Intertextuality to Virtual Reality: Robert Coover's A Night at the Movies and Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash238
III.Science in Contemporary Fiction/Contemporary Science-in-Fiction261
Toxins, Drugs, and Global Systems: Risk and Narrative in the Contemporary Novel263
William Gaddis and the Autopoeisis of American Literature288
Science-in-Fiction: Science as Tribal Culture in the Novels of Carl Djerassi311
Science-in-Fiction: Literary Contraband?322
From the Apocalypse to the Entropic End: From Hope to Despair to New Hope334
Contributors357
Index363

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