Dominika Oramus


J. G. Ballard and the Disaster Story Tradition in England

ISBN 83-91144-86-0

Warsaw 2005The_voices_of_disaster_okks1


Introduction 7

Part I – J.G. Ballard, John Wyndham and the Disaster Story Tradition in England 9

  • The British Disaster Story  10
  • John Wyndham’s cosy catastrophes 15
  • Ballard’s early disaster stories 28
  • The inner space disaster  35
  • The televised disaster  46

Part II – J.G. Ballard and the British „New Wave”  55

  • The British „The Wave”  56
  • Entropy  61
  • Disaster  71
  • The Present Tense  80
  • Conclusion 86

Part III – J.G. Ballard’s Short Fiction  87

  • Early psychological stories  90
  • Sociological fiction  95
  • Quasi-history  103
  • The future of the West  114

Part IV – J.G. Ballard’s „The Atrocity Exhibition” as a Contemporary Disaster Novel 121

  • Disaster Novel  121
  • The Exhibits  124
  • The Visions of Disaster  133
  • The Structure  137
  • Dr Nathan, the Analyst  146
  • Catastrophe is here and now  150
  • Freudian fiction  157

Bibliography 165


Introduction -  J.G. Ballard is now one of the major English literature writers and his popularity is constantly growing. Since the great artistic and commercial success of his 1984 novel, Empire of the Sun he has entered the canon of the 20th century most prominent novelists and the number of critical essays and monographs devoted to his oeuvre is increasing. It is worth noticing that Ballard’s career began as early as the 1950s and that before becoming a distinguished mainstream author of classics his style went through numerous metamorphoses. He was in turn a science fiction writer, a member of an avant-garde literary group ‘New Wave’, and a postmodernist Pynchon-like experimenter. czytaj więcej…