Ph.D. Colloquium, Lejla Kucukalic

Ph.D. Colloquium, Lejla Kucukalic

West Hall Room 112

March 16, 2010 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Rensselaer's Electronic Arts Ph.D. Colloquium presents:
Lejla Kucukalic, Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Kucukalic's lecture will discuss novels by Philip K. Dick -- Time Out of JointA Maze of DeathDo Androids Dream of Electric SheepUbik, and Valis – together with William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and "Fragments of a Hologram Rose" and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. In each of these novels, digital media and film provide a central focus for the narrative and reflect the way Dick, Gibson, and Wallace render and represent reality. Dick's narratives often function as immersive realities that eventually fall apart; Gibson's narrative leads from a multitude of detail toward a final meaning/message (or in the opposite direction), while Wallace's narrative is organized as a closed loop, a suspended stasis expressed through the book's effect and structure, paralleled by the effect left by the narrative's central item, the controversial and sought after film, or "Entertainment."

The interrelationship between these contemporary fictions and media takes several forms. Dick's novels, for example, served as an inspiration for a number of digital and traditional media artworks. More importantly, examining the structural elements of design that the chosen writers use to represent reality may also be applied to the structural schemes of organization in digital media: the broken simulacra, the organized narrative, and the loop. Furthermore, the intersection between fiction and media allows for the discussion of the artistic language, articulated in fiction and new media, as both the marker and the shaper of reality.

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