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The Resurrection of Desire: JG Ballard's Crash as a Transgressive Text

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Journal publication date11/2000
JournalFoundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
Journal number80
Volume29
Number of pages13
Pages84-96
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article considers the issue of transgression and perversion with regard to JG Ballard's novel Crash (1973) and the screen adaptation directed by David Cronenberg (1997). The article argues that Ballard's staging of perversion at once exceeds cultural and ethical boundaries and re-imposes them, taboo and transgression being mutually constitutive. It also argues that Cronenberg's film re-work the narrative to suggest a moral reading of Ballard's text, in which the protagonists undergo a form of ethical corrosion through the performance of sexually transgressive acts.