Synthesizing systems : the work of art and of science in the fiction of Richard Powers

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Anna Darden Copeland (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Marilyn May Lombardi

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to introduce a general reading audience to the major themes found in the fiction of Richard Powers with an emphasis on his use of science. For Powers, science is something more than the accumulation of technical data and the proliferation of theories developed to explain physical phenomena. It is an evolving body of knowledge which has important insights to contribute into the conditions which ground human experience The close and often detailed discussions of contemporary issues in science which Powers incorporates into his fiction indicate the extent to which he sees science as an inseparable component in any attempt to understand the complexities of human experience.

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Language: English
Date: 1995
Powers, Richard, $d 1957- $x Criticism and interpretation
Literature and science $z United States $x History $y 20th century

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