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Title: Heiddegerian enframing, nihilism & affectlessness in J. G. Ballard's Crash
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Servicio de Publicaciones, Universidad de Murcia
ISSN: 1989-6131
Related subjects: CDU::8- Lingüística y literatura
Keywords: Enframing
The car
Death drive
Standing reserve
Eclipse of the other
Wound culture
Abstract: J.G. Ballard’s novel Crash (1973) allows a reading in the terms of Heidegger’s concept of Ge-stell or enframing, according to which in modernity everything, humans included, is seen as a mere means to often questionable ends. Prompted by violent sexual fantasies and an unleashed death drive, its main characters, a wild bunch of symphorophiliac drivers, live a life of existential nihilism, treating human beings as objects, mere fodder for their prearranged car crashes. In so doing, they take an active part in a general process of dehumanisation afflicting Western civilisation, where people are just standing reserve (Bestand). This would be closely linked to so-called affectlessness, where emotions go nowhere but to an ever-increasing self-absorption in a world without others. In turn, this would be symptomatic of a civilisational shift from word to image, in a society where technology and performativity reign supreme and everything is evacuated of meaning.
Primary author: Sánchez Fernández, Carlos
Collection: Vol.19 (1), 2019
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 17
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Vol.19 (1), 2019

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