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The Mob: J. G. Ballard's Turn to the Collective.

Tytuł :
The Mob: J. G. Ballard's Turn to the Collective.
Autorzy :
EVANS, JOEL
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Temat :
COLLECTIVISM (Social psychology)
BALLARD, J. G., 1930-2009
UTOPIAS in literature
DYSTOPIAS in literature
NEOLIBERALISM in literature
COCAINE Nights (Book)
SUPER-Cannes (Book)
FICTION
Źródło :
Novel: A Forum on Fiction. Nov2020, Vol. 53 Issue 3, p435-451. 17p.
Czasopismo naukowe
The article identifies a shift in J. G. Ballard's work from a preoccupation with the individual to a preoccupation with the collective. It reads Ballard's late fiction as being part of a wider turn in the culture of Western, neoliberal states toward a reignition of a spirit of collectivism. With Ballard's work, this ismost striking in the novels' depiction of neoliberal societies themselves, and so the essay begins with a treatment of how they are figured. What emerges from this is that Ballard's depiction of potentially new collective forms of life is at once utopian and dystopian. In fact, the dystopian elements identified lead on to a much deeper trait of the work. That is the reactionary tendency to portray the collective as a violentmob, which, as is demonstrated, has a long history and an increasingly prominent present. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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