Death and the Machine: J. G. Ballard’s Crash / Morte e a máquina: Crash de J. G. Ballard

Pedro Groppo

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Abstract: J. G. Ballard’s novel Crash represents one of the author’s most sustained efforts to explore a delusion centered on trauma and the possibility of acceptance of death. Crash’s uncompromising vision that embraces transgression and taboo allows for a rich exploration of issues seldom discussed in literary studies. In this paper, I provide a reading of Ballard’s novel under the perspective of death in life, situating it within the context of Ballard’s other work, mainly The Atrocity Exhibition, Concrete Island and the Harley Cokliss’s film of Crash! that predated the novel.

Keywords: J. G. Ballard; trauma; science fiction; avant-garde.

Resumo: O romance Crash, de J. G. Ballard, explora uma ilusão centrada no trauma e na possibilidade de aceitação da morte. A firme visão de Ballard, que abraça a transgressão e o tabu permite-nos explorar questões raramente discutidas nos estudos literários. Neste artigo, proponho uma leitura do romance de Ballard sob a ótica da morte em vida, situando-o no contexto da obra de Ballard, dialogando principalmente com The Atrocity Exhibition, Concrete Island e o filme Crash!, de Harley Cokliss, que antecedeu o romance.

Palavras-chave: J. G. Ballard; trauma; ficção científica; avant-garde.


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J. G. Ballard; trauma; science fiction; avant-garde; ficção científica..

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17851/2317-2096.27.1.161-180

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