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Dicktations: The Rhetorics of Philip K. Dick

Dicktations 
Richard Doyle
Professor
Penn State, Department of English
218 Williard
Tu/Thu, 1:00-2:15
mobius@psu.edu
Office Hours:  Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 and by appointment. 105 Burrowes 8148633754
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"This brings me to my frightening premise. I seem to be living in my own novels more and more." Philip K. Dick  
 
In scores of novels, hundreds of short stories and thousands of pages of exegesis, the writer Philip K. Dick grappled with the nature of reality and life in a world increasingly subject to simulation. In this course we will look to Dick's novels, essays and other writings for training in the rhetorics of information, rhetorical practices adequate to a world where the distinctions between organisms and machines, reality and fiction and life and death are subject to sudden and often indiscernible mutation.
 
Required Books
 
The Divine Invasion
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
The Game Players of Titan
The Man in the High Castle
Martian Time Slip
In Pursuit of Valis: Selections from the Exegesis
Radio Free Albemuth
A Scanner Darkly
The Shifting Realities of Philip K. Dick
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
Time out of Joint
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
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Valis
 
Recommended books:
 
Divine Invasions ( Biography)