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The Psychotic States of America

Representation, Power, and Subjectivity in the USA Today
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ISBN-13:
9783639150773
Einband:
Paperback
Seiten:
124
Autor:
Katherine Howard
Gewicht:
201 g
Format:
220x150x7 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Every day, what is left of our major metropolitan
newspapers seems to tell us that America has gone
crazy. But are we actually a nation of psychotics?
This study looks at contemporary American culture
through the lens of lacanian psychoanalytic theory.
It takes as its central premises that as a nation, we
manifest signs of psychosis both in culture and in
person,and that capitalism and foucauldian power
exert a formidable influence on the emerging mode of
"subjectivity." But hey, who says psychosis has to be
all bad? Julia Kristeva suggests that there are
psychotic modes of art forms that push the subject to
the limits of subjectivity, and in doing so,
destablize unitary meaning; this type of art, though
it may make us feel unmoored from ourselves,is
productive and works for the good of a democratic
society. This book explores American cultural
productions that manifest psychosis in both salutary
and destructive ways.

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