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    Do Bicycles Dream of Atomic Sheep? Forms of the Fantastic in Flann O’Brien and Philip K. Dick

    Brooker, Joseph (2021) Do Bicycles Dream of Atomic Sheep? Forms of the Fantastic in Flann O’Brien and Philip K. Dick. The Parish Review: Journal of Flann O'Brien Studies 4 (2), pp. 1-23. ISSN 2634-145X.

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    Abstract

    This article develops an insight briefly offered by the American novelist Jonathan Lethem, into an affinity between Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman and the science fiction of Philip K. Dick, especially his novel Ubik. The article reads across the work of O’Brien and Dick in relation to the themes of sublime or divine substances; artificial life and cyborgs; and persecution and paranoia, a comparison that suggests a common root in the work of Franz Kafka. The article finally proposes that this comparative reading demonstrates the parallels that can be discerned between works in different genres, and the need for a flexible concept of science fiction in its relations with other kinds of the fantastic.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2021 13:36
    Last Modified: 03 Nov 2021 18:05
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/45228

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