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Insistence of the MaterialLiterature in the Age of Biopolitics$
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Christopher Breu

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816688913

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816688913.001.0001

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The Late-Modern Unconscious

The Late-Modern Unconscious

The Object World of J. G. Ballard’s Crash

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(p.93) Chapter 3 The Late-Modern Unconscious
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Insistence of the Material
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Christopher Breu

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816688913.003.0004

This chapter presents a reading of J. G. Ballard’s political novel Crash. The novel suggested that people should recognize that the materiality of desiring cars persists beneath emerging post-Fordist fantasies of flexibility and immaterial production. It challenged people to examine the material unconsciousness of the post-Fordist moment#x2014;the hard city that persists beneath the “soft city” that David Harvey equates with postmodernism. The novel shows how people attend to the forms of violence that the immaterial production both obscures and perpetuates.

Keywords:   J. G. Ballard, Crash, materiality, Fordist fantasies, David Harvey, soft city, hard city, postmodernism

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