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I Think I AmPhilip K. Dick$
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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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Schreber Guardian

Schreber Guardian

Chapter:
(p.46) Schreber Guardian
Source:
I Think I Am
Author(s):

Laurence A. Rickels

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.003.0003

This chapter offers a reading of science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s 1959 novel Time out of Joint, which turns on the defensive functioning of a psychotic delusional system in its encapsulated form. Dick borrows this form of the encapsulation of his system from Daniel P. Schreber. Time out of Joint is the first Dick novel to include explicitly identified psychotic states in the mix of future worlds with words that raise metaphysical questions against the void, like ghosts. Dick includes Christianity among all the frames of reference he traverses, sunken ruins mired in the so-called tomb world. It is fundamental to Dick’s narratives that all the frames of reference can be maintained as throwbacks that survive in the present tense of an indefinite number of parallel settings.

Keywords:   science fiction, Philip K. Dick, novel, Time out of Joint, Daniel P. Schreber, psychotic states, future world, Christianity, frames of reference, tomb world

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