VALBS: Theses, dissertations etc. – Tesi, dissertazioni, ecc.

Vast Active Living Bibliographic System, or Bibliografia critica su Philip Kindred Dick – Secondary Texts on PKD

Theses, dissertations etc. / Tesi, dissertazioni, ecc.


Aaronson, Russell S.

1996. “Would Lord Running Clam wear wubfur slippers? The ethical imperative of empathy in the alternate ecologies of Philip K. Dick”, 97
pp., [MA Thesis], Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida)

Advisor: Robert A. Collins

Akgiray, Meva Ayse

2003. ”

From Science Fiction To Postmodernism In Three Novels Of American Writer Philip K. Dick’s: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Man
In The High Castle, Valis

“, Bogazici University (Istanbul/Turkiye)

Advisor: Proff. Aslý Tekinay

Ambrosiano, Jason Benjamin

2002. “Glasses brilliant: Religion in the American Postmodern novel” (Philip K. Dick, Catholic authors, Jewish postmodern novelists, Toni
Morrison), 213 pp., [PhD Dissertation], University of California, Riverside (Riverside, California)

Advisor: Emory Elliott

Ashby, Heather

1987. “The Media Novels of Philip K. Dick: Cautionary Fables for an Electronic Age”, [MA Thesis], Univeristy of Guelph (Ontario, Canada)


Barillier, Étienne

1993. “Les troubles de réel dans trois romans contemporains: Ubik de Philip K. Dick, Le nommé Jeudi de Gilbert
K. Chesterton et Futur intérieur de Christopher Priest”, [Maîtrise], Université de Limoges

Barlow, Aaron John

1988. “Reality, Religion and Politics in Philip K. Dick’s Fiction“, 326pp.,
[PhD Dissertation], University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

Advisor: R. Brooks Landon

Barrett, Kevin James

1990. “Worlds Within Words: The Dialogic ‘Science Fiction’ of Philip K. Dick.” San Francisco State University.

Benedic, Franck

1998. “”We can split you!”: le bal des faux-semblants ou le concept du double dans l’oeuvre de Philip K. Dick”, 123 pp., [Mémoire de
Sciences Politiques], I.E.P. Grenoble (France)

Advisor: Jean-Pierre Bernard

Benjamin, David

1996. “The Black Iron Prison of Philip K. Dick,” 111 pp., [BA Honors Thesis],
Portland State University (Portland, Oregon)

Advisor: Tony Wolk

Bettanin, Giuliano

2002. “Philip K. Dick’s Postmodern Adventure: A Thematic Overview and Selective Close Reading of the Short Stories”, [Tesi di Laurea],
Universita’ di Padova (Padua, Italy)

Advisor: Professor William Boelhower

Blöndal, Hrafnhildur

1994. ” Empathy Will Save Us… Eventually: A Reading of Nine Novels by Philip K. Dick“,
77 pp., [MA Thesis], University of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Advisor: Jon Skaptason

Boyd, Sinead

2003. “Does anyone have the right time, please? A new perspective on time travel narratives in the 1950s & 1960s” [MA in
Literary and Cultural Studies], University of Lancaster (England)

Advisor: Dr. Lee Horsley

Brown, David Michael

1998. “Welcome Bedfellows: Science Fiction texts and their cinematic adaptations” (Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, David Lynch, Ridley
Scott), 100 pp., [MA Thesis], Utah State University (Logan, Utah)

Advisor: Bishnu Ghosh

Bush, Claudia Krenz

1975. “The Splintered Shards: Reality and Illusion in the Novels of Philip K. Dick”, 116 pp., [MA Thesis], Idaho State University
(Pocatello, Idaho)

Advisor: Dendell Smith

Butler, Andrew M.

1996. “Ontology and Ethics in the Writings of Philip K. Dick”, [PhD Thesis], University of Hull (Hull, England)

Advisor: Rowland Wymer


Calvin, Ritch

1992. “The Divine Corpus of Philip K. Dick.” Bowling Green State University

Advisor: Thomas Wymer

Cardoso Alves da Mota, José Manuel

1995. “O Efeito de Irreal: A fantasia cientifica de Philip K. Dick”, 368 pp., [PhD Thesis], University of Coimbra (Conimbriga,

Caton, Catarina

1996. “Things Are Not What They Seem… Paranoid Gnostocism or Gnostic Paranoia in the Oeuvre of Philip K. Dick.” Universiteit Antwerpen.

Cauvet, Nathalie

1998. “La critique de la société américaine dans l’oeuvre de Philip K. Dick”, 56 pp., [Mémoire de Droit Public]
Perpignan: Faculté pluridisciplinaire des sciences humaines, juridiques, économiques et sociales

Cooper Garrick, LeeAnn

2001. “Exploring Humanness in Nonhumans: The Cyborg in Contemporary Fiction” (R. Powers, Philip K. Dick, R. Scott, L. Wachowski), 108 pp.,
[MA Thesis], University of Alaska at Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska)


Davis, Erik

1988. “Philip K. Dick’s Postmodern Gnosis”, 64 pgs., [BA Honors Thesis], Yale University (New Haven, CT)

Advisor: Richard Halpern

De Meester, Gilbert

1982. ” The Universe Of Philip K. Dick – Systemic Analysis
(Available Online in English), 48 pp., [Graad Van Licentiaat In De Germaanse Filologie], Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium)

Advisor: Luk De Vos

d’Ivernois, Bernard

1975. “Approche psychopathologique de l’oeuvre de Philip K. Dick”, [Thèse pour le grade de docteur en medicine], Université de




Giudicelli, Elisabeth

1983. “Approche du temps vécu du schizophrène à travers l’étude de trois romans de Philip K. Dick”, [Thèse de
doctorat en médecine], Université Paris VI

Gleoge, Martin E.

1992. “The American origins of the postmodern self” (Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Philip K. Dick), 336 pp., [PhD Thesis], Rutgers the
state university of New Jersey – New Brunswick

Advisor: Bruce Robbins

Grant, Stephen P.

1985. “A Text Analysis Tool for the Analysis of Thematic Structure in Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“,
[Honors Thesis], Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)


Hale, Eric

1997. “Human and Divine Redemption in Philip K. Dick’s VALIS, Honors Thesis (Religion Dept.)

Haverford College (Haverford, PA)

Howard, Helen Lisa

1999. “Hidden in Perfect Day: Paranoia and Schizophrenia in the Speculative Fiction of Philip K. Dick.” [Master’s thesis], Trent University
(Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Advisor: John A. Fekete


Irvine, Alexander C.

1996. ”

The Human Use Of Philip K. Dick: Information Theory And Entropy in Martian Time-Slip

” 110 pp., [MA Thesis], University of Maine (Orono, Maine)

Advisor: Naomi Jacobs


Jackson, Pamela Renee

1999. “The World Philip K. Dick Made”, 194 pp., [PhD Thesis], University of California, Berkeley

Advisor: Marianne Constable


Khourshid, F.

1998. “A Brief Introduction To The Moral Vision Of Philip K. Dick”, [MA Thesis], American University Of Beirut (Lebanon)

Kokkinos, Georges

1989. “Contre-utopie et réalités chez E. Zamiatine, A. Huxley, G. Orwell, R. Bradbury, A. Burgess, H. Harrison, P. Dick, et R.
Sheckley”, [Thèse de Littérature Comparée], Université de Poitiers

Kossey, Alexander

2002. “Reality, Entropy and Schizophrenia in the Three Novels of Philip K. Dick, [Senior Thesis], Boston University (Boston, Mass.)

Advisor: Professor Paul Blanchard

Koteska, Jasna

2000. “Post-Gender Identities as a Metaphor (Philip K. Dick, William Gibson), 60pp., [MA Thesis], Central European University (Budapest,

Advisor: Peter Krasztev


Lagoguey, Hervé

1998. “Le monde incertain de Philip K. Dick, écrivain visionnaire”, 490 pp., [Thése de doctorat en anglais], Université de
Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France)

Advisor: Claude Fierobe

Lecomte Rigoni, Brigitte

1995. “Amphétaminomanie, psychose et création littéraire: à propos de deux romans de Philip Kindred Dick”, [Thèse
de medicine], Paris VII Bichat

Lehrhofer, Klaus

1999. “Blade Runner, Total Recall and Scremers: Philip K. Dick in Film”, [MA Thesis], University of Graz

Lind, Joshua

2004. ” Expansive Reality and Restricted Desire in Three Novels by Philip K. Dick
” [Master’s thesis], George Mason University.

Philip K. Dick is well known for crafting novels in which narrative reality is tenuous, uncertain, and shifting. These narrative realities are
important explorations of contemporary social changes, especially the economic transformation from industrial capitalism to consumer
capitalism. Rather than the restriction of human energy and desire required by labor-intensive industrial capitalism, consumer capitalism
requires expanded desire. This expansion results in a supra-real world that operates by offering desirable images and representations while
residual restrictions remain. The Dickian protagonist is caught between these two modes in an indeterminacy that characterizes contemporary
subjectivity. Analyses of Martian Time-Slip, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? will examine the struggle and subtlety of human subjectivity in a time of expanding reality.

Lukin, Joshua Benjamin

2004. “A literature of suspicion: Critiques of nineteen fifties ideals in American roman noir” (Patricia Highsmith, Jim Thompson, Philip K.
Dick), 200 pp., [PhD Dissertation], State University Of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo, New York)

Advisor: Professor Stefan Fleischer


Manfredo, Stéphane

1993. “Le protocole du vraisemblable dans l’oeuvre de Philip K. Dick”, 154 pp., [D.E.A. Lettres Modernes], Université Aix-Marseille I

Mäyrä, Frans Ilkka

1999. Demonic Texts and Textual Demons: The Demonic Tradition, the Self, and Popular Fiction” (Levin, Blatty, Rice,
Barker, P.K. Dick, Gibson), 344 pgs., [PhD Thesis], University of Tampere (Tampere, Finland)

Advisor: Professor Pekka Tami

Mooney, Edward

1994. From Pulp to Poetry: Philip K. Dick and the Literature of Science Fiction”, [MA Thesis], University College Dublin
(Dublin, Ireland)

Advisor: G. Meaney

Morosinotto, Davide

1994. “Mondi coperti dal velo di maya: La teoria dei mondi possibili nell’analisi di un romanzo di Philip K. Dick”, [Graduation thesis],
Università degli studi di Bologna (Bologna, Italy)

Advisor: M.P. Pozzato


Nicolazzini, Piergiorgio

1986. “Vettori di mutamento nella science fiction americana degli anni ’50” (P.K. Dick, Vonnegut, Pohl, Kornbluth), 346 pgs., 1986 [Tesi di
laurea], Università degli Studi di Pavia (Pavia, Italy)

Advisors: Giuseppina Restivo, Carlo Pagetti

Nicole, Jean-Thomas

2002. “L’oeuvre du phenix: Entre recit traditionnel et contact extraterrestre: La conversion gnostique de Philip K. Dick” (French text),
187 pp., [MA Thesis], Universitè Laval (Canada)

Advisor: Louis Painchaud


Oniki, Yuji

1999. “Haunted Communities: Literature and the Sixties” (France, Japan, Georges Perec, Shuji Terayama, Philip K. Dick), 224 pp., [PhD
Thesis], University of California, Berkeley

Advisor: Ann Smock


Panzeri, Irene

2002. “Il modello dell’ucronia in Philip K. Dick”, [Tesi di laurea], Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione (Milan, Italy)

Papaleo, Stefano

1997. “Un’analisi multimediale della figura del doppio in letteratura americana Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott e Stephen King”, 512 pgs.,
[Tesi di laurea], Università degli Studi di Trieste (Trieste, Italy)

Advisor: William Boelhower

Peacock, Jeffrey W.

1988. “The Unreconstructed Man: The Fiction of Philip K. Dick”, 324 pp., [PhD Thesis], University of Liverpool (Liverpool, England)

Proietti, Salvatore

1988. “L’entropia e il dio blindato: Fisica e metafisica nella fantascienza di Philip K. Dick”, 296 pp., [Tesi di Laurea], Università
La Sapeinza (Rome, Italy)

Advisors: Alessandro Portelli, Bianca Maria Pisapia

1998. “The Cyborg, Cyberspace, and North American Science Fiction” (section on PKD’s Polyphonic Interfaces), 363 pp., [PhD Thesis], McGill
University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Advisor: Darko Suvin


Queyssi, Laurent

1998. “Pour une typologie relationnelle du personnage de science-fiction: l’exemple de Philip K. Dick”, [Maîtrise de Littérature
Comparée], Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III

Advisor: Didier Coste


Robinson, Kim Stanley

1982. “The Novels of Philip K. Dick”, 251 pp., [PhD Thesis], University of California, San Diego

Advisor: Donald Wesling

Rossi, Umberto

1989. “Philip K. Dick e la messa in scena della storia” [Tesi di laurea], Università di Roma “La Sapienza”.

Rouby, Philippe

2000. “Philip K. Dick, Nommer la psychose pour s’en défendre. Essai sur l’utilisation des concepts psychiatriques et psychologiques dans
l’oeuvre littéraire d’un écrivain de science-fiction”, 81 pp., [Thése de doctorat en médecine (psychiatrie)],
Université Claude Bernard, Lyon I (France)

Advisor: Gilles Burloux


Sormunen, Kai

2003. “What If Our World Is Their Heaven? Utopias in Philip K. Dick’s Eye In The Sky“, [MA Thesis], University of Joensuu (Joensuu,


Thaon, Marcel

1972. “Le Simulacre dans l’oeuvre de Philip K. Dick: construction et extension du clivage” [Tesi di laurea], Universitè de Provence.

1981. “Essai psychanalytique sur la création littéraire, processus et fonction de l’écriture chez un auteur de
science-fiction: le cas de Philip K. Dick”, [Thèse de psychologie], Université Aix Marseille 1



Vaccari, Bruno

1987. “Più credibile del vero: La realtà sintetica dei mondi di P.K. Dick”, [Tesi di Laurea], Università di Bologna
(Bologna, Italy)

Advisor: Guido Fink

Verri, Selene

2001. “Politiche parallele: Potere e scrittura nella fantascienza di lingua inglese 1945-2000” (long discussion of High Castle),
139 pp., [Tesi di Laurea (Graduation Thesis)], Università degli Studi di Milano (Milan, Italy)

Advisors: Caroline Patey, Carlo Pagetti


Wood, Gerard I.

1995. “Storming the Black Iron Prison: the liberation of consciousness from the constraint of scene in and through the work of Philip K.
Dick”, 188 pp., [PhD Thesis], La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia)

Advisor: Chris Palmer




Zajac, Ronald J.

1992. “The Dystopian City in British and United States Science Fiction, 1960-1975: Urban Chronotopes As Models of Historical Closure”
(Thomas M. Disch, John Brunner, Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard, Samuel R. Delany), 104 pp., [MA Thesis], McGill University (Montreal, Quebec,

Advisor: Darko Suvin

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