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D. Harlan Wilson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041433

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041433.001.0001

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The Road to Culture

The Road to Culture

Later Novels

(p.126) Chapter 6 The Road to Culture
J. G. Ballard

D. Harlan Wilson

University of Illinois Press

The final chapter accounts for Ballard’s later career and is broken into two parts. The first, “Specters of Nature in Culture,” is devoted to Hello America, The Day of Creation and Rushing to Paradise, which are set in perilous natural landscapes where the technologies of late capitalism and electronic media render the human condition terminally performative, more a product of the “reality studio” than the real world. The second part, “Zones of Terror and Ennui,” examines Running Wild, Cocaine Nights, Super-Cannes, Millennium People and Kingdom Come. Set in gated communities, these so-called “crime novels” problematize the socio-psychological effects of consumer-capitalist life and hinge on an existential fear of bourgeois ennui, the pursuit of agential violence, and the discovery of truth and freedom in madness.

Keywords:   nature, culture, America, technology, capitalism, media, reality, ennui, violence, madness

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