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Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown: det teknologiska traumat i J.G. Ballards The Atrocity Exhibition
Södertörn University College, School of Gender, Culture and History.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examinates technology's traumatic impact on the male subject in The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard. In my analysis I show how the protagonist uses a fetischistic strategy in order to make sense of the trauma that technology embeds. Paradoxically it proves to be the agent of his trauma, but also functions as his shield. The machine is thus in a position of the hinge, the point in a structural system that both enables and deconstruct the system. In the same position we find the woman. She is the very epicentre of the novel and the violence directed towards her is part of a complex problem that I adress. The woman is divided into pieces and fetischized by the male gaze to serve as a solution for his trauma.

Hal Foster's notion ”the double logic of prosthesis” constitutes a theoretical base. The model shows how a fetischistic strategy is applied by avant-garde artists to solve the technological trauma that they experience. Both content and composition of The Atrocity Exhibition are inspired by avant-garde practices, I have therefore compared the text with Foster's theory on how the avant-garde problematized the interaction between man and machine. Marshall McLuhan's belief that the human body and technology are inseparable in the era of electronics further helps me to study technology's effect on perception.

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2009. , 49 p.
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Examensarbete
Keyword [en]
The Atrocity Exhibition, J.G. Ballard, Hal Foster, Marshall McLuhan, avant-garde, technology, media
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3143DiVA: diva2:291919
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2010-01-18, Södertörns Högskola, 00:00 (Swedish)
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-02-04 Created: 2010-02-01 Last updated: 2010-02-04Bibliographically approved

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