Motion and mobility in the realist novels of Philip K Dick

Ian Davidson

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Abstract

This essay explores the ways that ideas of motion and mobility support readings of Philip K Dick's early novels that take full account of the changing geographical context. They are set during a period of rapid suburban expansion, the building of the interstate and the spread of automobility through car ownership, and their characters frequently exist in a state between continuity through conformity and the potential for change. The open ended forms of the novels reflect a world around Dick that was still under construction, and where alternative realities can be glimpsed between incomplete materialities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-41
JournalLiterary Geographies
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2015

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