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

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Peter Freese, Charles B. Harris
Dalkey Archive Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 383 pages
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Collecting twenty essays written by distinguished scholars from the United States and Germany, The Holodeck in the Garden offers an informative tour of the complex interrelations between science, technology, and contemporary American literature.

Contributors include Michael Berube writing on Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist; Joseph Conte on William Gibson and Bruce Sterling; David Cowart on Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis; Carl Djerassi on science-in-fiction; N. Katherine Hayles on Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon; Ursula Heise on risk and narrative in the contemporary novel; John Johnston on network theory; Brian McHale on Harry Mathews, Kathy Acker, and Gilbert Sorrentino; Joseph Tabbi on William Gaddis; and Curtis White on the "Great American Disaster Machine."

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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 atIllinois State University. He is also the publisher of American BookReview and author of numerous books and articles on recent Americanfiction and the profession of English studies. In 1997 the ModernLanguage Associated honored him with the Francis Andrew March Award forExceptional Service to the Profession of English.

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