Introduction J.G. Ballard's novelistic production falls into a number of interrelated but thematically bound periods. Where his earliest novels The Wind from Nowhere (1961), The Drowned World (1962), The Burning World (1964), and The Crystal World (1966) present surrealist dystopias following upon natural disasters, and his middle period is characterized by investigating the effects of the increasing technologization of human life in novels such as Crash (1973), Concrete Island (1974), and High Rise (1975), his most recent novels are all preoccupied with exploring the implications of extreme consumerism, capitalism, and comfort. In his four last novels, Cocaine Nights (1996), Super-Cannes (2000), Millennium People (2003), and Kingdom Come (2006), the surrealist reality of his earlier work is replaced with realistic, if rather ironic, settings that project some possible effects of the complete subsumption of human agency into the political and economic systems that organize the Western world today. In the control society which, according to Deleuze and many after him, is gradually replacing the organization of power that Foucault theorized as disciplinary society, subjects are not molded by means of institutions so much as they are constantly modulated and manipulated by means of a complete infiltration of control on
symploke – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Dec 22, 2013
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