Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Something to look forward to...

Delightful...

I am extremely pleased to receive confirmation that my proposal for the J. G. Ballard Conference in May has been accepted.

Fortunately, though, I still have a few months to work out the details of my planned lecture: "‘Going mad is their only way of staying sane’: The Civilised Violence of J. G. Ballard."

Those of you who are not yet familiar with Ballard's work (and who thus cannot share my excitement) can find out more about his work at the excellent on-line resource, Ballardian.

Or, better yet, just read something by him. I'd recommend High Rise, Super Cannes, Kingdom Come, or The Drowned World as starters (two of which feature in my paper...) (All shops are UK versions...vary as required!)



2 comments:

Geoff Coupe said...

Congratulations! Although Norwich as the venue doesn't sound quite Ballardian enough to me. Surely it should be organised in a Shepperton shopping mall?

J. Carter Wood said...

Thanks Geoff. I don't know Norwich, but I assume there are some appropriately Ballardian petrol stations and shopping malls in the area. There seem to be these things in the rest of Britain...

Perhaps they should have held it in Germany. After all, one of his characters (I forget which, though it might be in Super Cannes) says something along the lines of the future probably resembling a suburb of Stuttgart.

I suppose that just about anywhere these days is a reasonably good backdrop for his fiction. Which is one of the things that makes it so very unsettling...