The Idea of the 'Fetish' in Ballard's 'Crash'
Seminar paper from the year 2009 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, San Diego State University (English), course: Sex in Literature and Film, language: English, abstract: In J.G. Ballard's postmodern novel Crash (1973), narrator James Ballard encounters his friend Vaughan's sexual desire for car crash atrocities. Following a severe accident, James Ballard discovers and develops his own concepts of sexual pleasure involving cars, bisexuality as well as automobile crashes including their visual aftermaths. Overall, the novel explores the psychological effects of technological developments and hence approaches a sexual fetish in which the traditional idea of sexuality functioning to procreate is substituted by constructing a technology estheticism.
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