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AN ANALYSIS OF THE FOUCAULDIAN ELEMENTS OF POWER-KNOWLEDGE IN STANISLAW LEM’S SOLARIS AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA

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2020
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The aim of this thesis is to explore the elements of power-knowledge in two SF novels written amid the Space Race during the Cold War era. While the dominant interest of both Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris and Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama generally revolves around the implications of human interactions with an alien presence, my focus is primarily on the power structures that propel those interactions: questioning the intentions of scientific pursuits and analyzing the effects of Foucauldian power relations on the human individual. I do this by applying Foucault’s theories of the duality of the subject and his work on biopolitics. What is gleaned is not only a study of the interests of power, but an emphasis on the intersectional restrictions of power and cognition.
Title: AN ANALYSIS OF THE FOUCAULDIAN ELEMENTS OF POWER-KNOWLEDGE IN STANISLAW LEM’S SOLARIS AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE’S RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA.
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Name(s): Junco, Marie, author
McGuirk, Carol , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of English
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2020
Date Issued: 2020
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 58 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The aim of this thesis is to explore the elements of power-knowledge in two SF novels written amid the Space Race during the Cold War era. While the dominant interest of both Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris and Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama generally revolves around the implications of human interactions with an alien presence, my focus is primarily on the power structures that propel those interactions: questioning the intentions of scientific pursuits and analyzing the effects of Foucauldian power relations on the human individual. I do this by applying Foucault’s theories of the duality of the subject and his work on biopolitics. What is gleaned is not only a study of the interests of power, but an emphasis on the intersectional restrictions of power and cognition.
Identifier: FA00013478 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2020.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Lem, Stanisław Solaris
Lem, Stanisław--Criticism and interpretation
Clarke, Arthur C (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008 Rendezvous with rama
Clarke, Arthur C (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008--Criticism and interpretation
Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984
Science and philosophy
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