By Les Essif
A booklet in regards to the function the US performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French degree. trained through 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 via Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.
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Introduction: Part 2 The hyper(un)reality of the American society of spectacle From a contemporary French point of view, all of the outlandish, paradoxical, and contradictory ‘images of America’ in Part 1 of this Introduction are, in some way, shape, or form, evidence of the exceptional nature of homo americanus’s turn toward an alternative, ‘hyper’-fictional reality in which, and through which, everyday reality has become indistinguishable from its mediated, commodified representations. ’ Unculture is equally a cause and effect of the fiction of hyperreality.
They are given meaning: they want spectacle,’ he declares. (Radical Gesture 155) The exceptional influence of the motivated ‘indifference’ of the ‘masses’ in the United States was not lost on Baudrillard. I would argue, then, that the ironic iconoclastic tone of his writing on the subject announces a new-age, eccentric form of dialectical humanism. Let’s say, hyper-dialectical. If the Spectacle puts a more ‘human’ face on hyperreality and allows for hope in some sort of postmodern, neo-Marxist sociocultural revolution, Baudrillard’s surrealist, meta-physical depth can add positive insight to the discussion, and it can help us get a critico-dialectical grip on its spectacular, hypertheatrical nature.
The United States is, of course, the hub of World Wrestling. How far up the intellectual/educational ladder does the homo americanus fan-base run? * In 2002, the US House of Representatives voted 416 to 3 and the Senate voted a staggering 99 to 0 ‘To reaffirm their support of the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance,’ a phrase that was only added in 1954, at the beginning of the Cold War during Senator McCarthy’s witchhunt for communists, communism being a relatively godless political system.
American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama: Homo Americanus and the Post-1960 French Resistance by Les Essif