By Les Essif
A ebook in regards to the function the United States performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French level. proficient by means 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 through Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.
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This ‘event’ represents a uniquely American mix of pure, senseless entertainment, the quest for glory 22 American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama of any nature, fundamentalist religion, aggressive violence, political patriotism: good ol’ American fun! Could you, the uninitiated French citizen even believe that such an ‘event’ exists? What event? Consider the inanity and hypocrisy of asking God to protect from harm an individual who deliberately places him or herself in harm’s way in the context of an event that was organized to glorify participants by purposely and gratuitously jeopardizing life and destroying property.
The undialectical American doctrine of self-interest France and the rest of the world have reason to believe that American individuals in particular, and US culture in general, are engaged in a love affair with themselves and that they have an excessively transparent interest in their own well being. In his 2005 Nobel lecture, ‘Art, Truth and Politics,’ Harold Pinter called the United States ‘the greatest show on the road …. As a salesman it is out on its own and its most saleable commodity is self love’ (815).
In the following chapter, ‘How the Americans Apply the Doctrine of SelfInterest Properly Understood to Religion,’ a somewhat idealistically religious Tocqueville professes a belief in a human virtue based as much on love of God as on ultimate reward. ’ In stark contrast to the Catholic priests of the Middle Ages who focused almost exclusively on the rewards of the afterlife, American preachers ‘are continually coming down to earth. Indeed they find it difficult to take their eyes off it’; that is, Tocqueville gets the impression from their preaching that earthly prosperity trumps eternal felicity (530).
American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama: Homo Americanus and the Post-1960 French Resistance by Les Essif