J.G.Ballard: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Continuum Critical Perspectives)

J.G.Ballard: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (Continuum Critical Perspectives)

By: Jeannette Baxter (editor)Hardback

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This is an up-to-date reader of critical essays on J. G. Ballard by leading international academics, which includes a short biography, timeline and comprehensive guided further reading.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."Guides in the Contemporary Critical Perspectives" series provide companions to reading and studying major contemporary authors. Each guide includes new critical essays combining textual readings, cultural analysis and discussion of key critical and theoretical issues in a clear, accessible style. They also include a preface by a major contemporary writer, a new interview with the author, discussion of film and TV adaptation and guidance on further reading.

About Author

Jeannette Baxter is Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, specializing in modern and contemporary fiction.


General Editors' Foreword; Acknowledgements; Contributors; Chronology or a Version of J. G. Ballard's Life; Foreword by Toby Litt; Introduction: J. G. Ballard and the Contemporary, Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge); 1. The Geometry of the Space Age: J. G. Ballard's short fiction and science fiction of the 1960s, Brian Baker (Lancaster University); 2. Disquieting Features: An Introductory Tour to The Atrocity Exhibition, Jake Huntley (University of East Anglia); 3. The Gothic, the Body, and the Failed Homeopathy Argument: Reading Crash, Victor Sage (University of East Anglia); 4. Death at Work: The Cinematic Imagination of J. G. Ballard, Corin Depper (Kingston University); 5. Mind is the Battlefield: Reading Ballard's 'Life Trilogy' as War Literature, Umberto Rossi (Rome); 6. From Shanghai to Shepperton: Crises of Representation in J. G. Ballard's Londons, Sebastian Groes (Liverpool Hope University); 7. Visions of Europe in Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes, Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge); 8. The Possibilities of Sacrifice, the Certainties of Trauma: J. G. Ballard's Postmillenial Fiction, Philip Tew (Brunel University); Afterword by Toby Litt; Interview with J.G. Ballard by Jeannette Baxter; Further Reading; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780826497253
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780826497253
  • ISBN10: 082649725X

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