Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Bruce A. Harvey
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Committee Title
virtual reality, science fiction, iain banks, iain m. banks, david brin, karl schroeder, lady of mazes, existence, surface detail, literary criticism, jean luc nancy
Date of Defense
The purpose of this thesis was to explore the boundary between human and other created by virtual worlds in contemporary science fiction novels. After a close reading of the three novels: Surface Detail, Existence, and Lady of Mazes, and the application of contemporary literary theories, the boundary presented itself and led to the discovery of where the human becomes other. The human becomes other when it becomes lost to the virtual world and no longer exists or interacts with material reality. Each of the primary texts exhibits both virtual reality and humanity in different ways, and each is explored to find where humanity falls apart. Overall, when these theories are applied to real life there is no real way to avoid the potential for fully immersive virtual worlds, but there are ways to avoid their alienating effects.
Franks, Jamie N., "Becoming Other: Virtual Realities in Contemporary Science Fiction" (2015). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1908.
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