In this book Dr Dominika Oramus reads J.G. Ballard's fiction (and some of his non-fiction) as a record of the gradual internal degeneration of Western civilization in the second half of the twentieth century. In sundry ways and styles Ballard's ostensibly very heterogeneous oeuvre depicts the same intangible catastrophe that has happened to the world. Contemporary reality is thus presented in his late prose as "post-apocalyptic" though we are not literally living amidst the ruins, the golden age is far behind us and we are witnessing the twilight of the West. Oramus achieves two aims in this study. First, the revelation of the Grave New World, that imaginary territory Ballard describes in his books, which is a combination of the turn-of-the-millennium world, intertextual allusions to both fiction and non-fiction, and Ballard's projections for the near future with its sociological idiosyncrasies. Oramus shows that no matter which literary conventions Ballard applies in a given text (science fiction, speculative fiction, detective story, thriller, war novel, or any other), he charts the very same territory and remains throughout primarily interested in the reaction of the human mind to the post-World War II reality - which is the common denominator of his diverse obsessions. Second, she sheds light on the spiritual condition and social problems of contemporary Western civilization as seen by Ballard, its ever so inquisitive member. Her technique in approaching Ballard is that of textual analysis and a close readings of passages of his texts that best show his exuberant stylistics; sometimes she also points out his references to literary and cultural theories. As far as said theories are concerned, Oramus follows Ballard's own readings. He very often alludes to critical schools and makes his characters discuss fashionable notions and ideas. She refers to the same sources: mostly psychoanalysts (many Ballardian characters are psychiatrists), but also historians and recent cultural theorists.
In this book Dr Dominika Oramus reads J.G. Ballard's fiction (and some of his non-fiction) as a record of the gradual internal degeneration of Western civilization in the second half of the twentieth century.
Author: Dominika Oramus
A controversial look at the end of globalization and what it means for prosperity, peace, and the global economic order Globalization, long considered the best route to economic prosperity, is not inevitable. An approach built on the principles of free trade and, since the 1980s, open capital markets, is beginning to fracture. With disappointing growth rates across the Western world, nations are no longer willing to sacrifice national interests for global growth; nor are their leaders able—or willing—to sell the idea of pursuing a global agenda of prosperity to their citizens. Combining historical analysis with current affairs, economist Stephen D. King provides a provocative and engaging account of why globalization is being rejected, what a world ruled by rival states with conflicting aims might look like, and how the pursuit of nationalist agendas could result in a race to the bottom. King argues that a rejection of globalization and a return to “autarky” will risk economic and political conflict, and he uses lessons from history to gauge how best to avoid the worst possible outcomes.
Combining historical analysis with current affairs, economist Stephen D. King provides a provocative and engaging account of why globalization is being rejected, what a world ruled by rival states with conflicting aims might look like, and ...
Author: Stephen D. King
Publisher: Yale University Press
Category: Business & Economics
The Phase I report on the emerging global security environment for the first quarter of the 21st century.
As the elements and vulnerabilities engage in an increasingly complex world to
of national power shift , they will often ... global economic It is not a foregone
conclusion that the role See William S. Cohen , “ Preparing for a Grave New
Author: United States Commission on National Security/21st Century
Category: National security
The optimism that arrived at the end of the cold war and marked the turn of the Millennium was shattered by September 11. In the aftermath of that event it is not unwarranted pessimism that lines the pages of Grave New World, it is unavoidable reality. Terrorism is but one aspect of many other wider concerns for national and international security, and the contributors to this volume not only warn us, but reward us as well with the clarity of their views into—and possible solutions for—a difficult, complicated future. They speak convincingly of the numerous military and non-military challenges that create security problems—whether those are interstate, intrastate, or transnational—many of which are being dangerously overlooked in public policy debates. The challenges and complexities might seem insurmountable but the first step in solving problems is recognizing that they exist. Grave New World provides an eye-opening assessment of the prospects for peace and security in the 21st century. Michael E. Brown frames these issues in his Introduction, "Security Challenges in the 21st Century;" and in his summation, "Security Problems and Security Policy in a Grave New World."
Grave. New. World. Michael E. Brown We have tried to accomplish three main
things in this book: to advance understanding of contemporary national and
international security problems, to assess the prospects for security problems
over the ...
Author: Michael E. Brown
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Category: Political Science
Author: Buzás Csilla
Category: Dystopias in literature
Defense Viewpoint (Jun 27 1999): 5p Preparing for a grave new world; as
published in The Washington Post, Jul 26 1999. William S. Cohen. Defense
Viewpoint (Jul 26 1999): 8p Security Measures Positive strategic developments
in the ...
AT THE GRAVE OF KEA TS . A rose hedge bloomed along a sheltering wall ;
And dying wafts of summer , soft exhaled , Were borne from petals , trembling to
the fall . Then , while the great sun ' s glorv slowly failed , And softly stirred In
Author: Clinton Scollard
He carried the scars of his burns to the grave . As the bodies of the dead , in
consequence of being but slightly covered , were sometimes dug from their
graves by the wild beasts , Ortiz was appointed to guard the Indian cemetery .
Author: Joseph Banvard
own seen hanging in his cabinet ; and he charged that when he died they should
be buried with him in the grave . * The vessel came into Cadiz , and these
disgraceful facts were soon universally known . The nation was shocked and
Author: Henry Howard Brownell
OTTAWA CEMETERY . 849 Coulange , and , landing , saw the unaccustomed
sight of pathways through the forest . They led to the clearings and cabins of a
chief named Tessouat , who , amazed at • the apparition of the white strangers ...
Author: Francis Parkman
It began as Global Warming, and then worsened to become known in the 22nd century as the Horrific Decline. Unless something drastic was done, the human race faced certain extinction. But because it had already progressed beyond the point of no return, nothing could be done to avert that fate unless they could somehow make changes to the past. Part science-fantasy and part romance, both serious and fun, Grave New World takes you on a new kind of adventure with intense and surprising turns. It is fiction to be enjoyed. We humans are the only species capable of bringing about our own extinction, and the only species so inclined. I wrote Grave New World to help raise the public consciousness about the perils of human impact on our environment, and to underscore our responsibilities for keeping this extraordinary planet a place where life can flourish. ken sheffer
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Author: ken sheffer
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
He will do great good by helping to rouse the religious world out of the
astonishing carelessness or limp ... But to the reader , unless he be an “ adept ” in
theosophy , it will prove a grave disappointment . While reading it , and before
The fire built nightly on the grave was to light the spirit on his journey . By a
coincidence to be explained by the universal sacredness of the number , both
Algonkins and Mexicans maintained it for four nights consecutively . The former
Author: Daniel Garrison Brinton
Publisher: Gale Cengage
Category: Indian mythology
... glory that dimmed the luster even of royaltyGranted a new coat - of - arms —
Decision of the question , Who was first to ... the Pope settled a grave question - A
rush of volunteers - Letters of agreement between Columbus and his Sovereigns
Category: United States
Shall the grave a form so fair as she , Still hold a captive from you and me ? Shall
her sparkling eyes no more be seen , That seem'd like stars on a night serene ?
Are her lisping words , of angel tone , For ever , ever , and ever gone ? Longing ...
Here were more desolate clearings , more rude cornfields and bark - built cabins
. Here , too , was a cemetery , which excited the wonder of Champlain , for the
dead were better cared for than the living . Each grave was covered with a
Author: Francis Parkman
Even Mrs. Austin , in that exquisite version quoted by Longfellow in his “ Hyperion
, beginning “ Many a year is in its grave , ” has infused into it a tinge of dreamy
sentiment slightly beyond that conveyed by Uhland in the original . It is perhaps ...
Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson
To - inorrow he shall lie hushed in the quiet of the grave ; he shall become alike
insensible to earth , its wonders , and its cares . But thy torrent is unchecked , thy
thunder unsubdued . ” The eloquent writer of these lines years ago went to his ...
Author: J. K. Peck
Category: United States
Author: David Bernard Guralnik
The mortuary house is then constructed ( Figure 15 ) over the grave and the
process of upkeep begins . collapse , they are usually filled in , but when
abandoned graves cave in , shallow depressions are left that tend to collect water