A misreading gone too far? Baudrillard meets Philip K. Dick

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Abstract

It is widely known that Jean Baudrillard, in Simulacres et simulation (1981), acknowledges Philip K. Dick as one of the first to reflect, albeit fictionally, on the concept of "simulacrum." However, a more detailed analysis of how Dickian are Baudrillard's concepts and theories remains to be done. That is the goal of this article, a task I undertake by distinguishing, on the one hand, the concepts proposed in L'échange symbolique et la mort (1975) and Simulacres et simulation, and, on the other, the radical turn inaugurated in Le crime parfait (1995).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-71
Number of pages12
JournalScience-Fiction Studies
Volume35
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

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