By Les Essif
A publication concerning the position the USA performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French degree. knowledgeable by means of a wealthy number of Western cultural scholarship, Essif examines dozen post-1960 works representing one of the most leading edge dramaturgy of the final part century, together with works via Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.
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The visitor to Knoxville who passes through the city’s airport is greeted by a prominent advertisement for the university. The top portion of the ad lists the number of intellectual feathers in the institution’s cap, such as the number of Nobel laureates and prominent research and creative achievement awards it has produced. ’ You don’t have to be a professional semiotician to get the understatement of the message. The UT football stadium, one of the nation’s largest, occupies more space than any three to four other buildings on campus.
The ‘hyper-’ prefix suggests at once the qualities of absoluteness, multiplicity, constant movement, and change, all of which coalesce into some form of abstraction. Theatrical art about a hyperreal making-believe society is doubly, multiply metatheatrical, and, as we will see, French plays about America employ dramaturgical strategies of abstraction to depict not only the western desert spaces but also the ‘desert’ of New York City. ’ No apparent thesis, antithesis, synthesis, and certainly no affirmation of contradiction, as is the case with an ideological, dialectical world view.
It is a question of control not resistance. American moralists (read ‘American Protestantism’ or ‘the ethical-capitalist project of American Protestantism’), he says, ‘have seen that in their time and place the forces driving man in on himself are irresistible, and despairing of holding such forces back, they only consider how to control them,’ and consequently, ‘they do all they can to prove that it is in each man’s interest to be good’ (525–6). In America the doctrine of self interest ‘has become popular.