Car Crash Crucifixion Culture

  • Julian Darius


the dual nature of the car crash, automotive accident and fiery wreck, represents the (post)industrial equivalent of the crucifixion. Despite separation through time and culture, the cross and the car, as well as the crucifixion and the car crash, have analogous mythological significance. Cultures have long memories, even if these memories are constantly in the process of revision. As a person’s psychology often transfers impressions of one figure onto another, so a culture’s mythology often transfers older configurations on to new events. God may be dead, but the geography of his corpse continues to define us.


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    Dean’s mythology has his “death car” seriously injuring five men, including two deaths. See the introduction to this volume; see also Mikita Brottman, Hollywood Hex: Death and Destiny in the Dream Factory (London: Creation, 1999), 27–28.Google Scholar

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