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By Walter A. Davis

This ebook explores the complicated courting among artwork and politics. Walter Davis makes use of his wide wisdom of psychoanalysis to strengthen a philosophical critique of the effect that the present political weather is having on all inventive endeavour. He makes use of examples from a large choice of fields together with the theatre and pop culture, to teach how precise inventive freedom of expression is less than probability from the ideological constraints imposed via modern capitalism.

Starting with an research of the censorship of the play 'My identify is Rachel Corrie', which was once withdrawn from construction via an enormous ny theatre because of political strain, Davis indicates how all paintings that demanding situations the mainstream is suppressed or distorted to fit the politics of our time -- one who won't realize the reality of human adventure and the affliction on the middle of all civilization.

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This contradiction is what makes this play so interesting and revelatory—as a representation of the contradiction that defines the problem of serious theatre today. My Name Is Rachel Corrie stages the three distinct options open to us when we try to write serious Davis 01 chap01 20 9/11/06 16:06:57 The Prospects of Progressive Theatre under Capitalism 21 drama. It thus presents us with a unique opportunity to confront the hard choices we face as “progressive” playwrights. I know that as good “pluralistic” Americans we think we can have it all.

That is why the task of theatre is always the same—and always different: to expose ideology by creating dramatic forms and dramatic experiences that cannot be subsumed under the guarantees Davis 01 chap01 39 9/11/06 16:06:59 40 Art and Politics that ideology superimposes on experience in order to assure us that traumatic realities and conflicts cannot alter or destroy what we desperately need to believe: that we possess an identity that is one with the goodness of a human nature that cannot be lost and that guarantees the persistence of values that are universal and ahistorical.

Fear—the effort to externalize anxiety by displacing inner conflict into concern with matters outside the psyche. Contentment—the feeling of well-being that banishes all sources of anxiety through the obsessive-compulsive iteration of the sentiments that tranquilize the subject’s relationship to itself. Primary emotions (anxiety, humiliation, envy, cruelty, melancholia), in contrast, burden the subject with an agon in which it finds its being existentially at issue and at risk. Such emotions are defined by the absence of any inner distance between what one feels and who one is.

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