Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre by Walter A. Davis

By Walter A. Davis

This booklet explores the advanced courting among artwork and politics. Walter Davis makes use of his large wisdom of psychoanalysis to improve a philosophical critique of the impression that the present political weather is having on all inventive endeavour. He makes use of examples from a wide selection of fields together with the theatre and pop culture, to teach how precise creative freedom of expression is less than risk from the ideological constraints imposed through modern capitalism.

Starting with an research of the censorship of the play 'My identify is Rachel Corrie', which was once withdrawn from creation through a massive manhattan theatre as a result of political strain, Davis indicates how all paintings that demanding situations the mainstream is suppressed or distorted to fit the politics of our time -- person who won't realize the reality of human adventure and the affliction on the center of all civilization.

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Such a system offers us an essentialized identity that frees us from contingency and that provides a way, especially in times of national crisis, to transcend particular political and factional differences and unite as subjects on the basis of a shared, universal humanity. We discern here the true reason Plato banished the poets from the perfect state. The agons drama explores and the primary emotions it engages exceed the forms of mediation that the ratio provides. Drama offers knowledge of ways of being that are lived concretely by agents who act from principles of psychological and existential self-mediation that exceed reason and its founding desire—to submit experience to that which can be rationally conceptualized.

Isn’t it pretty to be reminded, especially in dark times, that human nature is good, unchanging, something we all have that cannot be lost? As indicated above, this is the dramatic form and ideology that wins out in this play. But there is also a third play here. It is far more interesting than the other two and points toward the kind of radical and experimental drama that they cannot contain. This play is about a consciousness awakening to a radical existential contingency that destroys all Davis 01 chap01 21 9/11/06 16:06:57 22 Art and Politics guarantees, both political and humanistic.

The political Rachel Rachel Corrie is not a political prophet, nor was she meant to be. In the course of the play, she articulates several important, though by no means original, political ideas, foremost among them perhaps that the term “terrorism” is now the primary label ideology deploys to prohibit examination of historical situations such as the Israeli– Palestinian conflict. (The word “progressive” serves as a similar shibboleth in the current rallying of the “serious” New York theatre community around itself.

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