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Toxic Bodies, Corporate Poisons: Local Risks and Global Systems

Ursula K. Heise

in Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195335637
eISBN:
9780199869022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335637.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter, building on Ch. 4, analyzes the representation of local risk scenarios in two American novels that focus on exposure to chemical toxins, Don DeLillo’s White Noise and Richard Powers’s ... More


Mosaics: Richard Powers, Plowing the Dark

Mark C. Taylor

in Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160414
eISBN:
9780231531641
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160414.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of Richard Powers' Plowing the Dark (2000). The novel offers a provocative exploration of the unexpected interplay of art and religion through an account of virtual ... More


The quiet novel of cognition

Rachel Sykes

in The Quiet Contemporary American Novel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526108876
eISBN:
9781526132444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526108876.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter argues that cognitive fictions expand the focus of the quiet novel, uncovering the complex and often discordant recesses of human consciousness and challenging the traditional division ... More


Richard Powers’s Strange Wonder

Heather Houser

in Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165143
eISBN:
9780231537360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Through Richard Powers's The Gold Bug Variations (1991) and The Echo Maker (2006), this chapter examines wonder, an affect related to intellection that is essential to inspiring medical and ... More


Two-Way Time Travel: Recursive Science and ‘Backward-Flowing’ Fiction

Paul Giles

in The Planetary Clock: Antipodean Time and Spherical Postmodern Fictions

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780198857723
eISBN:
9780191890352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857723.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter considers the new relations of past and present to future that have emerged in the wake of scientific discoveries in genetics and other medical technologies. The first section links ... More


Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect

Heather Houser

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165143
eISBN:
9780231537360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165143.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book traces the development of “Ecosickness fiction” through an assessment of contemporary U.S. novels and memoirs. It describes how the 1970s brought about a new understanding of the biological ... More


Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo

Mark Taylor

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160414
eISBN:
9780231531641
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160414.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Digital and electronic technologies that act as extensions of our bodies and minds are changing how we live, think, act, and write. Some welcome these developments as bringing humans closer to ... More


neχus

Mark C. Taylor

in Rewiring the Real: In Conversation with William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don DeLillo

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231160414
eISBN:
9780231531641
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231160414.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book explores the complex interrelation of religion, literature, and philosophy by focusing on single works by four American writers: William Gaddis, Richard Powers, Mark Danielewski, and Don ... More


Alterity Is Relative: Impairment, Narrative, and Care in an Age of Neuroscience

James Berger

in The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708460
eISBN:
9780814708330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter describes the shift in representations of figures with cognitive or linguistic impairments that comes with the enormous acceleration of knowledge in neuroscience. The imaginings of ... More


Secretions: Ballard’s DNA

Rex Ferguson

in Identification Practices in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198865568
eISBN:
9780191897948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865568.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

DNA profiling, in which individual being is identified by its cellular structures, was first developed by the geneticist Alec Jeffreys in the 1980s. That this source of identity also forms the ... More


Risky Things

Aaron Jaffe

in The Way Things Go: An Essay on the Matter of Second Modernism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816692019
eISBN:
9781452949017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692019.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter initially tackles the story of No Impact Man in an effort to present a real-life version of the novelty without waste, or gain without risk ideology; a behavior which can be understood ... More


Body

John Frow

in Character and Person

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780198704515
eISBN:
9780191775239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704515.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

The final chapter pulls the threads of the book’s argument together through an account of the structure of embodied selfhood. Beginning with a story by Thomas Mann which explores body/mind dualism, ... More


Applications: DeLillo’s and Egan’s Digital Doubles

Rex Ferguson

in Identification Practices in Twentieth-Century Fiction

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198865568
eISBN:
9780191897948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198865568.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Chapter Four asks what happens when the physical markers of identity are rendered in the language of digital code. In the contemporary moment, fingerprints and DNA profiles are stored and matched ... More


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