Ricarda Vidal - Visual Culture

Death and Desire in Car Crash Culture: A Century of Romantic Futurisms


Table of Contents


List of Illustrations



 1 Heavenly Vehicle of Ezechiel's Vision 



Part I  In Love with Speed and the Machine: The Futurist Mechanical Utopia (1909– )

Chapter 1:  Three Hundred Electric Moons: The Futurists’ Defiance of Death and Romantic Nature

Chapter 2:  Systematic Chaos: Fordism as a Practical Realization of Futurism





Part II The Joys and Woes of Driving: The Utopia Realized (1950– )

Chapter 3:  Life (and Death) on the Road: The Beat Generation and the Road Movie

Chapter 4:  The Infinite Repetition of the Accidentdentdent: Andy Warhol and Antun Maračić

Chapter 5:  Caspar David Friedrich through a Broken Windscreen: Arnold Odermatt’s Peaceful Crash Scenes

Chapter 6:  In Praise of Slow Motion: Julio Cortázar, Carol Dunlop and Jean-Luc Godard on the Motorway of the South

22 Odermatt Dallenwil



12 Death Proof Zoe on car 2 copy
Part III  (Wo)man is the Machine: Death, Desire and the Crash (1970– )

Chapter 7:  Crash-Desire: The Post-Erotic Machine Men of J. G. Ballard’s and David Cronenberg’s Crash 

Chapter 8:  Sheer Driving Pleasure: Sarah Lucas’s Human Cars and the Death of the Car as Machine

Chapter 9:  Women Take the Wheel: Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof 





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