Publisher description for Art and politics : psychoanalysis, ideology, theatre / Walter A. Davis.


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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Starting with an analysis of the censorship of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, which was withdrawn from production by a major New York theater due to a political pressure, Davis shows how all art that challenges the mainstream is either suppressed or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.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Theater -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Theater -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Corrie, Rachel. -- My name is Rachel Corrie.