Art and Politics

Art and Politics : Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre

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This book explores the complex relationship between art and politics. Walter Davis uses his extensive knowledge of psychoanalysis to develop a philosophical critique of the impact that the current political climate is having on all artistic endeavour. He uses examples from a wide variety of fields including the theatre and popular culture, to show how true artistic freedom of expression is under threat from the ideological constraints imposed by contemporary capitalism.

Starting with an analysis of the censorship of the play 'My Name is Rachel Corrie', which was withdrawn from production by a major New York theatre due to political pressure, Davis shows how all art that challenges the mainstream is suppressed or distorted to suit the politics of our time - one that will not recognise the truth of human experience and the disorder at the heart of all civilization.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 17.78mm | 337.93g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532648X
  • 9780745326481

Table of contents

PART ONE-THE CORRIE CONTROVERSY: A DRAMA IN THREE ACTS

1. The Play's the Thing: Censorship, Theatre and Ideology

2. Mendacity: Progressive Theatre Under Capitalism

3. Beyond the Corrie Controversy: Manifesto for a Radical Theatre

PART TWO-IDEOLOGY: THE HEART OF THE ULCER

4. The Trouble With Truffles: On the Ideological Paralysis of the Left

5. The Humanist Tradition: The Philosophic and Rhetorical Roots of Ideological Paralysis

PART THREE-THE WAY OUT OF THE CAVE

Overture-Happy Birthday, Sam

6. The Knot at the Center: The Tragic Structure of Experience

7. An Evening With JonBenet Ramsey

8. Between Two Deaths: Life on the Row

Notes

Index
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'The right wing has of course attempted to censor shows involving sex and religion. Davis admits to having a left-wing view and it is refreshing to see that he is capable of recognising the problems in his own side of the political spectrum' -- Books-On-Line
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About Walter A. Davis

Walter A. Davis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre (Pluto, 2006) and Death's Dream Kingdom: The American Psyche Since 9-11 (Pluto, 2006).
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