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Philip K. DickExhilaration and Terror of the Postmodern$
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Christopher Palmer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780853236184.001.0001

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. Mired in the Sex War: Dick's Realist Novels of the Fifties

. Mired in the Sex War: Dick's Realist Novels of the Fifties

(p.67) 4. Mired in the Sex War: Dick's Realist Novels of the Fifties
Philip K. Dick

Christopher Palmer

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyzes Dick's realist novels written between 1955 and 1960. These novels are not science fiction. They are framed in a style of grim, everyday realism and concern small-town or suburban life in the forties or fifties. All centre on conflict between the sexes, and the most powerful (The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, Puttering About in a Small Land, and Confessions of a Crap Artist) concern bitter marital conflict.

Keywords:   realist novels, realism, suburban life, marital conflict

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