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By Les Essif

A e-book in regards to the position the USA performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French level. educated by means 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 by way of Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.

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But I think both have misread Baudrillard, primarily because they do not fully appreciate the principle of ‘uncertainty’ from which he writes, a principle more easily understood and accepted by European scholars. Writing about the historical reception of French critical theory in America, Julia Kristeva argues that most American interpretations of French theory are not receptive to its overall message of indeterminacy. While the French cast their writing as a hyper-dialectical process Kristeva calls ‘the working through of thinking’ or the ‘unfolding of thinking,’ Americans tend to ‘subordinate the unfolding of thinking to the calculus of causes and effects’ (44; original emphasis).

While I was busy taking notes on this Americanohyperreal ‘sighting,’ the human preaching machine efficiently worked his way around me and my shopping cart to make his selection of dairy goods. * The excessive-obsessive photographing and videotaping of ‘events,’ all of which have become simultaneously important and unimportant because of Introduction: Part 1 29 the very act of (over-)recording them. Recording has become the principal means of consummating and authenticating life experiences. Speaking of the United States’ late twentieth-century totalitarian cult and culture of entertainment, Neal Gabler says ‘people began tailoring the main events in their lives to [the camera’s] demands, which were the demands of entertainment.

Winnings to so many Americans? Is it that the middle- or low-income worker who has a modest but relatively comfortable life believes it is better to make one person (like him or herself) super-rich than two hundred people simply rich… and financially secure? Is it a case of individualistic self-interest taken to a nonsensical extreme? If you gave a homeless homo americanus a buck and a choice, is it possible he would spend it on a mega-lottery ticket? ’ So a couple or a family travels sometimes hundreds or even thousands of miles to a tourist destination featuring nature (in this case, a well-known mountain setting) only to be seduced by the extravagance of the indoor property and the amenities available (including delivered pizza and videos).

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