The Angle Between Two Walls: The Fiction of J. G. Ballard

The Angle Between Two Walls: The Fiction of J. G. Ballard

by Roger Luckhurst
     
 

Does the Angle Between Two Walls have a Happy Ending?

J. G. Ballard has both been declared Britain's most important living novelist and dismissed as a marginal figure "beyond psychiatric help". He has earned praise and condemnation, written bestsellers and obscure avant-garde works, gained coveted prizes and prosecutions for obscenity. For forty years

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Does the Angle Between Two Walls have a Happy Ending?

J. G. Ballard has both been declared Britain's most important living novelist and dismissed as a marginal figure "beyond psychiatric help". He has earned praise and condemnation, written bestsellers and obscure avant-garde works, gained coveted prizes and prosecutions for obscenity. For forty years, his extraordinary work has moved between science fiction, apocalyptic visions, autobiography and fictions of the contemporary urban landscape. Prophet or pervert? How are we to judge his work?

In this book, Roger Luckhurst reads Ballard's fiction within a series of contexts, skillfully negotiating literary, philosophical and historical terrains in order to illustrate Ballard's central works. Luckhurst suggests that the extremity of the responses to texts such as The Atrocity Exhibition and Crash is a product of Ballard's occupation of an "impossible" space in the mechanisms that dictate literary judgements. At once science fiction and mainstream, popular and avant-garge, Ballard is seen as being in the 'angle between two walls". His fictions are awkward and provoking, it is suggested, in forcing us to confront the frameworks in which we come to judge the literary.

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Luckhurst (English, Birbeck College, London) evaluates novelist J.G. Ballard's writing, not only within the context of the science fiction genre but also in relation to issues of popular culture and legitimization, post-modernism, and the legacy of the avant- garde. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312174392
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
01/15/1998
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.43(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Roger Luckhurst teaches nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and literary theory at Birkbeck College, University of London. He was awarded the Science Fiction Reseach Association of America's Pioneer Award for outstanding original research in 1995. This is his first book.

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