J.G. Ballard's Politics: Late Capitalism, Power, and the Pataphysics of Resistance

J.G. Ballard's Politics: Late Capitalism, Power, and the Pataphysics of Resistance

by Florian Cord

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J.G. Ballard's Politics: Late Capitalism, Power, and the Pataphysics of Resistance by Florian Cord

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110487893
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 01/23/2017
Series: Buchreihe der Anglia / Anglia Book Series , #54
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Florian Cord, University of Leipzig, Germany.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

1 Introduction: Catastrophic Strategies 1

2 Celebration of Wounds: Excess, the Body, and Symbolic Exchange in Crash 18

2.1 Dystopian Vistas 20

2.2 Roads of Excess 33

2.3 Anarchic Bodies, or, Breughel and Bosch on the Freeway 42

2.4 Symbolic Violence 65

3 Becoming-Grass: De- and Reterritorialization in Concrete Island 81

3.1 Deterritorialization 82

3.2 Reterritorialization 101

4 Escaping the Subject: The Ballardian Theme of Abdication 108

4.1 Siding with the Object 111

4.2 Inverted Crusoes 114

4.3 Embrace the Fugues! 121

5 The Psychopath as Saint: Cocaine Nights, Super-Cannes and the Politics of Transgression after the End of History 134

5.1 The Violence of the Global and the Boredom of Paradise 136

5.2 The Spectral Reign of Global Capital 161

6 In Pursuit of the 21st Century: The Revolutionary Imagination and the Spectacle of Terrorism in Millennium People 193

6.1 Escaping the Soft-Regime Prison 195

6.2 Subversion, No End of Subversion - Only Not for Us 203

6.3 The Will to Spectacle 218

7 Conclusion: New Weapons 235

Works Cited 239

Index 257

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