J G Ballard s Surrealist Imagination

J G  Ballard s Surrealist Imagination

Ballard's textual spectacles raise a variety of questions about the shifting role of the reader and the function of the written text within a predominantly visual culture, while acknowledging the visual contexts of Ballard's Surrealist ...

Author: Jeannette Baxter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351925815

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Making the case that J. G. Ballard's fictional and non-fictional writings must be read within the framework of Surrealism, Jeannette Baxter argues for a radical revisioning of Ballard that takes account of the political and ethical dimensions of his work. Ballard's appropriation of diverse Surrealist aesthetic forms and political writings, Baxter suggests, are mobilised to contest official narratives of postwar history and culture and offer a series of counter-historical and counter-cultural critiques. Thus Ballard's work must be understood as an exercise in Surrealist historiography that is politically and ethically engaged. Placing Ballard's illustrated texts within this critical framework permits Baxter to explore the effects of photographs, drawings, and other visual symbols on the reading experience and the production of meaning. Ballard's textual spectacles raise a variety of questions about the shifting role of the reader and the function of the written text within a predominantly visual culture, while acknowledging the visual contexts of Ballard's Surrealist writings allows a very different historical picture of the author and his work to emerge.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Psychological Fictions of J G Ballard

The Psychological Fictions of J G  Ballard

In J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship (2009), Jeannette Baxter enacts a timely location of Ballard's writing within the Surrealist visual tradition which interprets Ballard's writings as 'a radical Surrealist ...

Author: Samuel Francis

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472513038

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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J. G. Ballard self-professedly 'devoured' the work of Freud as a teenager, and entertained early thoughts of becoming a psychiatrist; he opened his novel-writing career with a manifesto declaring his wish to write a science fiction exploring not outer but 'inner space', and declaring the need for contemporary fiction to be viewed 'as a branch of neurology'. He also apparently welcomed a reader's report on Crash (1973) condemning him as 'beyond psychiatric help' as confirming his achievement of 'total artistic success'. Samuel Francis investigates Ballard's engagement with psychology and the psychological in his fiction, tracing the influence of key figures including Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung and R.D. Laing and placing his work in the context of the wider fields of psychology and psychiatry. While the psychological preoccupations of his writing are very clear - including his use of concepts such as the unconscious, psychopathology, 'deviance', obsession, abnormal psychology and schizophrenia - this is the first book to offer a detailed analysis of this key conceptual and historical context for his fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

J G Ballard

J G  Ballard

This imaginative frame for reality is Surrealist in origin (Baxter, Spectacular Authorship 6). In “The Coming of the Unconscious,” Ballard writes that “the images of surrealism are the iconography of inner space,” identifying the art ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004313866

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 170

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Innovative and interdisciplinary essays on the increasingly significant British writer J.G. Ballard (1930-2009), exploring the physical, cultural and intertextual landscapes in his key works, especially The Atrocity Exhibition, one of the most challenging works in contemporary fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

J G Ballard s Politics

J G  Ballard   s Politics

... of the Derridean 'hinge' (la brisure) and thus both occupying and at the same time displacing established literary categories. Jeannette Baxter's instructive study J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship, ...

Author: Florian Cord

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110490718

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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The Anglia Book Series (ANGB) offers a selection of high quality work on all areas and aspects of English philology. It publishes book-length studies and essay collections on English language and linguistics, on English and American literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, on the new English literatures, as well as on general and comparative literary studies, including aspects of cultural and literary theory.
Categories: Literary Criticism

J G Ballard Visions and Revisions

J  G  Ballard  Visions and Revisions

Jeannette Baxter, J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2009), p. 99. J. G. Ballard, Super-Cannes (Flamingo: London, 2001 [2000]), p. 16. Further page references are provided within the text ...

Author: J. Baxter

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230346482

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

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Providing an extensive reassessment of dominant and recurring themes in Ballard's writing, including historical violence, pornography, post 9/11 politics, and urban space, this book also engages with Ballard's 'late' modernism; his experimentation with style and form; and his sustained interests in psychology and psychopathology.
Categories: Fiction

Surrealism Science Fiction and Comics

Surrealism  Science Fiction and Comics

J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship, Farnham: ashgate, 2009. Benayoun, robert. 'la science est-elle une fiction?' Médium: Communication surréaliste, no. 1, november 1953, 10, 14. Breton, andré.

Author: Gavin Parkinson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781781381434

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

Page: 268

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Although the self-definition of Surrealism and the initial defining of science fiction as a genre both took place in the 1920s and the links between the two are manifest, no full study has appeared till now on Surrealism and SF. Across ten original essays, Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics looks at how the Surrealist movement in France and the USA used, informed, contributed to, and criticised SF from that moment, whilst including discussion of the related genre of comics. Among its aims are a reassessment of Jules Verne in the light of Surrealism and an analysis of the debate in the 1950s on the 'new' Anglo-American literature arriving in France. This received, in fact, a mixed reception from the Surrealists of that decade even though writers and intellectuals close to the movement in the 1920s were directly responsible for its success. The book includes further essays on the subsequent impact of Surrealism on SF novelists J.G. Ballard and Alan Burns, and features essays that argue for Salvador Dali's closeness to SF in the 1960s and his disagreement with the earlier scientific romance defined by Verne. The chapters that bring in comics range from theoretical discussions of the relation between the original comic strips of Rodolphe Topffer and the key Surrealist technique of automatism, used in art and writing, through the cybernetic implications of the proto-SF Surrealist cine-roman 'M. Wzz...' of 1929, which has never discussed in any detail before, to the 1948 Vache paintings by Rene Magritte, inspired by Louis Forton's strip Les Pieds nickeles. This pioneering set of essays shows how Surrealism from the 1920s to the 1970s did not just receive and adapt SF but impacted the genre in its later manifestations. "
Categories: Comic books, strips, etc

The Empire s of J G Ballard

The Empire s of J  G  Ballard

In J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination, Jeannette Baxter argues for the importance of Debord in thinking through the ways that Ballard extended Surrealist aesthetic and political strategies in the postwar era.

Author: David Ian Paddy

Publisher: Gylphi Limited

ISBN: 9781780240206

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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J. G. Ballard once declared that the most truly alien planet is Earth and in his science fiction he abandoned the traditional imagery of rocket ships traveling to distant galaxies to address the otherworldliness of this world. The Empires of J. G. Ballard is the first extensive study of Ballard's critical vision of nation and empire, of the political geography of this planet. Paddy examines how Ballard s self-perceived status as an outsider and exile, the Sheppertonian from Shanghai, generated an outlook that celebrated worldliness and condemned parochialism. This book brings to light how Ballard wrestled with notions of national identity and speculated upon the social and psychological implications of the post-war transformation of older models of empire into new imperialisms of consumerism and globalization. Presenting analyses of Ballard s full body of work with its tales of reverse colonization, psychological imperialism, the savagery of civilization, estranged Englishmen abroad and at home, and multinational communities built on crime, The Empires of J. G. Ballard offers a fresh perspective on the fiction of J. G. Ballard. The Empires of J.G. Ballard: An Imagined Geography offers a sustained and highly convincing analysis of the imperial and post-imperial histories and networks that shape and energise Ballard's fictional and non-fictional writings. To what extent can Ballard be considered an international writer? What happens to our understanding of his post-war science fictions when they are opened up to the language and logics of post-colonialism? And what creative and critical roles do the spectres of empire play in Ballard's visions of modernity? Paddy follows these and other fascinating lines of enquiry in a study that is not only essential reading for Ballard students and scholars, but for anyone interested in the intersections of modern and contemporary literature, history and politics. (Jeanette Baxter, Anglia Ruskin University) Shanghai made my father. Arriving in England after WW2, he was a person of the world who d witnessed extremes of human experience, and remained the outsider observing life from his home in Shepperton. 1930s Shanghai, Paris of the East , was a mix of international sophistication and violence, unfettered capitalism and acute poverty, American cars, martinis and Coca Cola, a place marked by death and war. It had a profound influence on my father and his imagination. Dr Paddy s fascinating book explores my father s fiction within an international context and offers a profound reading of a man who always kept his eyes and mind open to the world. (Fay Ballard)
Categories: Literary Criticism

J G Ballard

J  G  Ballard

She is the author of J. G. Ballard's Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship (Ashgate 2008) and she has forthcoming publications on Ballard, the visual arts and popular culture. She is currently working on a book-length study of ...

Author: Jeannette Baxter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441163622

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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J.G. Ballard is one of the most significant British writers of the contemporary period. His award-winning novels are widely studied and read, yet the appeal of Ballard's idiosyncratic, and often controversial, imagination is such that his work also enjoys something of a cult status with the reading public. The hugely successful cinematic adaptations of Empire of the Sun (Spielberg, 1987) and Crash (Cronenberg, 1996) further confirm Ballard's unique place within the literary, cultural and popular imaginations. This guide includes new critical perspectives on Ballard's major novels as well as his short stories and journalistic writing covering issues of form, narrative and experimentation. Whilst offering fresh readings of dominant and recurring themes in Ballard's writing, including history, sexuality, violence, consumer capitalism, and urban space,the contributors also explore Ballard's contribution to major contemporary debates including those surrounding post 9/11 politics, terrorism, neo-imperialism, science, morality and ethics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Dead City

The Dead City

On the building of London's sewer system in the 1860s and its imaginative charge, see Paul Dobraszczyk, ... On Ballard and Surrealism, see Jeanette Baxter, JG Ballards Surrealist Imagination: Spectacular Authorship (Farnham, 2009).

Author: Paul Dobraszczyk

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786732408

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

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The Dead City unearths meanings from such depictions of ruination and decay, looking at representations of both thriving cities and ones which are struggling, abandoned or simply in transition. It reveals that ruination presents a complex opportunity to envision new futures for a city, whether that is by rewriting its past or throwing off old assumptions and proposing radical change. Seen in a certain light, for example, urban ruin and decay are a challenge to capitalist narratives of unbounded progress. They can equally imply that power structures thought to be deeply ingrained are temporary, contingent and even fragile. Examining ruins in Chernobyl, Detroit, London, Manchester and Varosha, this book demonstrates that how we discuss and depict urban decline is intimately connected to the histories, economic forces, power structures and communities of a given city, as well as to conflicting visions for its future.
Categories: Architecture