Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre
by Walter A. Davis
Pluto Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-7453-2647-4 | Cloth: 978-0-7453-2648-1
Library of Congress Classification PN2272.D38 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 792.0973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book explores the complex relationship between art and politics. Walter A. 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 endeavor. He uses examples from a wide variety of fields, including the theater 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Starting with an analysis of the censorship of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, which was withdrawn from production by a major New York theater due to a political pressure, Davis shows how all art that challenges the mainstream is either suppressed or distorted to suit the politics of our time---one that will not recognize the truth of human experience and the disorder at the heart of all civilization.


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