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

By Les Essif

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

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Many French and American intellectuals have a rather acute understanding of hyperreality’s effect on modern culture. The difference with most French intellectuals is 31 32 American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama that (1) they take it (as they take culture in toto) seriously enough to not let it drop and to theorize its repercussions to the hilt, and (2) they are positioned within a society in which mass-pop-mainstream culture does not hold such a sway over the management and negotiation of ideas as it does in the United States, and consequently one which more than indulges, sanctions, and underwrites their critical insight and does not formally or massively fear or challenge the metaphysical-leaning implications of their ideas.

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