American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama: Homo Americanus and by Les Essif PDF

By Les Essif

ISBN-10: 1137299037

ISBN-13: 9781137299031

ISBN-10: 1349452564

ISBN-13: 9781349452569

ISBN-10: 2202362452

ISBN-13: 9782202362452

A booklet concerning the position the USA performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French degree. trained by way of a wealthy number of Western cultural scholarship, Essif examines dozen post-1960 works representing probably the most leading edge dramaturgy of the final part century, together with works by way of Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.

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Europeans on the whole do not reject socialism out of hand, because they believe in a social contract that derives from dialogic and dialectical principles (they recognize the contradictions inherent in culture) and from processes of oppositional evolution. In contrast to the more socialized, social-democratic political systems of much of the rest of the industrialized world, systems which, in the spirit of 1968 reaffirm the social contract, 20 American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama America has developed a uniquely self-indulgent, free-market form of democracy (on a domestic level and which it also extends to the global front), one which is at base polarizing (I versus you, us versus them, right versus wrong, good versus evil, socialist versus capitalist, left versus right) and ultimately un-Christian, undialectical, and uncultural.

He is wearing a headset, which allows him to continue to work on his grocery list at an extraordinarily brisk and agile pace, an operation one would think would require a fair amount of concentration. ’ This smooth-talking preacher-type in such incongruous dress seems fairly devoted to the heavy theological discussion he is having with the person at the other end of the line, or at least his interlocutor would think so. Though committed he may be to this preaching, he does not seem to need to be as attentive.

The excessive-obsessive photographing and videotaping of ‘events,’ all of which have become simultaneously important and unimportant because of Introduction: Part 1 29 the very act of (over-)recording them. Recording has become the principal means of consummating and authenticating life experiences. Speaking of the United States’ late twentieth-century totalitarian cult and culture of entertainment, Neal Gabler says ‘people began tailoring the main events in their lives to [the camera’s] demands, which were the demands of entertainment.

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