J G Ballard and the phenomenology of the absence of law

Gray, James (2019) J G Ballard and the phenomenology of the absence of law. Law and Humanities, 13 (2). pp. 148-176. ISSN 1752-1483

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The British writer J G Ballard is known for his distinctive treatments of the familiar and the everyday in organized society as vulnerable to rupture and descent into violence and chaos. Never straightforwardly dystopian, Ballard was capable of insightful analysis that revealed the strangeness of particular qualities of lived experience, challenging his audience to question their place in the order of things. Raised in Shanghai, Ballard’s wartime experiences exposed him to the extremes of human behaviour and to the stripping away of the veneers of conventional civilized norms. More than mere biographical markers, this article argues that through a range of works, Ballard offers us a phenomenological account of the worst of the conditions under which he lived, particularly at the close of the Japanese war in Shanghai, one that captures the lived experience of the absence of law.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ballard, law and literature, phenomenology, lawlessness
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 16:04
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:51
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41474

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