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J. G. Ballard’s Dark Ecologies: Unsettling Nature, Animals, and Literary Tropes

Frida Beckman

in Animalities: Literary and Cultural Studies Beyond the Human

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474400022
eISBN:
9781474434584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400022.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Beckman explores the ways that some of J. G. Ballard’s works can be seen as exemplifying a “dark ecology,” a critique of the universalist concept of “Nature” that keeps animals and the nonhuman world ... More


The Late-Modern Unconscious: The Object World of J. G. Ballard’s Crash

Christopher Breu

in Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816688913
eISBN:
9781452949178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816688913.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of J. G. Ballard’s political novel Crash. The novel suggested that people should recognize that the materiality of desiring cars persists beneath emerging post-Fordist ... More


Freefall in Inner Space: From Crash to Crash Technology

Simon Sellars

in Speaking Science Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238348
eISBN:
9781781380741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238348.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter first attempts to define ‘science fiction’ and the assumptions underlying its usage. It then presents a reading of J.G. Ballard'novel Crash (1973), which encapsulates much of the ... More


In the Artificial Gardens of Eden-Olympia

Dominic Pettman

in Love and Other Technologies: Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823226689
eISBN:
9780823235407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823226689.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Examination of J.G. Ballard's Super–Cannes locates the modern state of “whateverbeing” with respect to the emotional detachment and autocratic administration proposed by the ... More


Speaking Science Fiction

Andy Sawyer and David Seed (eds)

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853238348
eISBN:
9781781380741
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238348.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This wide-ranging book explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; ... More


The New Wave

Mike Ashley

in Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970; The History Of Science-Fiction Magazine

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237693
eISBN:
9781781380840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

At the end of the 1950s, Britain had three regular science fiction magazines, all published by Nova Publications and edited by John Carnell: New Worlds, Science Fantasy, and Science Fiction ... More


Epilogue: Modernist Afterlives: J. G. Ballard’s “Handful Of Dust”

Ashley Maher

in Reconstructing Modernism: British Literature, Modern Architecture, and the State

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780198816485
eISBN:
9780191853708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198816485.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

While J.G. Ballard has been treated as a leading postmodernist, his dystopian fiction can best be understood in the mid-century architectural context of Huxley’s and Orwell’s pioneering narratives. ... More


Law’s Agent: Cultivated Citizen or Popular Savage? The Crash of the Moral Mirror

Melanie Williams

in Law and Popular Culture

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199272235
eISBN:
9780191699603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272235.003.0013
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter examines J. G. Ballard's novel Crash and film of the same title. It explains that this examination is conducted in relation to the influence of popular culture on the legal system. It ... More


Seducing-Machines

Sean McQueen

in Deleuze and Baudrillard: From Cyberpunk to Biopunk

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474414371
eISBN:
9781474422369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414371.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter turns to the 1973 J.G. Ballard novel Crash as well as its 1996 film adaptation by Cronenberg. It aims to make careful distinctions between Deleuze and Baudrillard and show why they ... More


After the New Wave: After Science Fiction?

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The science fiction writers who began publishing in the 1950s and 1960s boldly experimented with subject matter and style, coinciding with the loosening of taboos. The New Wave allowed writers such ... More


Towers of Babel: The Architecture of Sf

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.016
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on science fiction that represents architecture, namely novels by Robert Silverberg (Tower of Glass and The World Inside) and J. G. Ballard (Crash, Concrete Island, and ... More


Transcription: Kim Stanley Robinson

Brian Willems

in Speculative Realism and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474422697
eISBN:
9781474438629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422697.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The reading of tension in sf continues in this chapter, which looks at a number of books by Kim Stanley Robinson, along with two early works by J. G. Ballard. The focus is on the transformations that ... More


Gray Matter: The Obscure Pleasures of Medical Libraries

Mark Dery

in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.003.0026
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter describes medical libraries and their collection of what science fiction writer J. G. Ballard calls “invisible literature,” his term for medical textbooks, scientific journals, technical ... More


Jean-Claude Dunyach, Poet of the Flesh

Natacha Vas-Deyres

in Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from around the World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041754
eISBN:
9780252050428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041754.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Jean-Claude Dunyach, born in 1957, has published more than a hundred short stories in a career of over thirty years. He belongs to a generation of contemporary French science-fiction writers that ... More


Benford in His Own Words: Toward a Craft of Science Fiction

George Slusser

in Gregory Benford

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038228
eISBN:
9780252096037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter considers the series of essays Gregory Benford wrote for University of California Riverside's Eaton Conference from 1979 to 2009. It explores Benford's personal vision by connecting the ... More


Sacrifice and the Inner Organs of the Cold-War Citizen

Adam Piette

in Sacrifice and Modern War Literature: The Battle of Waterloo to the War on Terror

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198806516
eISBN:
9780191844126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198806516.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The cold war as a historical continuum within the citizen imagination existed as a set of internalized mechanisms for the imperilling and domination of the subject. This transpires in some of the ... More


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