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dc.contributor.authorBell, Duncan
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-22T14:41:24Z
dc.date.available2021-11-22T14:41:24Z
dc.date.issued2020-12-24
dc.identifier.issn0090-5917
dc.identifier.other10.1177_0090591720981890
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/330845
dc.description.abstractJ. G. Ballard was one of the most original writers of the postwar era. Although he has drawn considerable attention from scholars across various fields, the character of his political thinking remains a puzzle. He has been claimed as both a radical and a conservative, while others suggest that his work expresses no distinct political stance. Drawing on a wide range of source materials, I argue that from the 1960s to the early years of the twenty-first century Ballard developed a bold and intriguing account of liberalism grounded in insights drawn from surrealism and Freudian psychoanalysis. This was an idiosyncratic version of the liberalism of fear. The essay analyzes Ballard’s sociopolitical vision, focusing in particular on his account of human nature, social reality, totalitarianism, and the power of the imagination.
dc.languageen
dc.publisherSAGE Publications
dc.rightsEmbargo: ends 2020-12-24
dc.subjectArticles
dc.subjectJ. G. Ballard
dc.subjectliberalism
dc.subjectsurrealism
dc.subjectFreud
dc.subjectpsychoanalysis
dc.subjectwar
dc.titleJ. G. Ballard’s Surrealist Liberalism
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-11-22T14:41:24Z
prism.endingPage967
prism.issueIdentifier6
prism.publicationNamePolitical Theory
prism.startingPage934
prism.volume49
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.78288
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1177/0090591720981890
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2020-12-24
dc.contributor.orcidBell, Duncan [0000-0002-8886-8888]
dc.identifier.eissn1552-7476
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-12-24


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