The Psychological Fictions of J.G. Ballard

The Psychological Fictions of J.G. Ballard

Samuel Francis


J. G. Ballard self-professedly 'devoured' the paintings of Freud as undefined, and entertained early suggestions of changing into a psychiatrist; he opened his novel-writing profession with a manifesto pointing out his desire to write a technological know-how fiction exploring no longer outer yet 'inner space', and pointing out the necessity for modern fiction to be considered 'as a department of neurology'. He additionally it seems that welcomed a reader's record on Crash (1973) condemning him as 'beyond psychiatric help' as confirming his success of 'total creative success'. Samuel Francis investigates Ballard's engagement with psychology and the mental in his fiction, tracing the impact of key figures together with Sigmund Freud, C.G. Jung and R.D. Laing and putting his paintings within the context of the broader fields of psychology and psychiatry. whereas the mental preoccupations of his writing are very transparent - together with his use of ideas reminiscent of the subconscious, psychopathology, 'deviance', obsession, irregular psychology and schizophrenia – this is often the 1st e-book to provide an in depth research of this key conceptual and old context for his fiction.

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