Show Less
Restricted access

An Invitation to explore the Viaducts of our Minds

Ideology Critique in American Literature and Film during the Seventies

Series:

Sandra Schenk

Artists explored the dark places of the American experience during the seventies. After providing an overview of the rhetorical device allegory, Barthes’s concept of mythology and Foucault’s concept of power relations, the author establishes a connection between the works of art under discussion. The early seventies are represented by Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, Peter Watkins’s Punishment Park, and Hubert Selby, Jr.’s The Room. The late seventies are represented by Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, Gustav Hasford’s The Short Timers and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. The book traces a shift from relations between bodies and authority towards bodies and technology.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Illuminer à la Fois l’Intérieur et l’Extérieur des Hommes

Extract



Misuse and Abuse of Authority

An Analysis of Sadistic Authorities

A complete film-maker should be able to appeal to all facets of human existence. The sensual as well as the cerebral. If you do get this mixture together properly, you have a perfect example of healing the Cartesian schism. You have something that appeals to the intellect and to the viscera.19

« L'homme est double comme sa destinée, il y a en lui un animal et une intelligence, une âme et un corps; en un mot, il est le point d'intersection […] » Hugo outlines the goal of art is to open up a double horizon for the spectator which illuminates the inside and the outside at the same time.20 The similarity between Hugo’s and Cronenberg’s perception of the task of art is stunning as both share the same vision. The foundation of this argument is that art aims at healing the Cartesian schism whereas power seeks to keep it apart. This argument is partitioned in two sections and the first section explores the early seventies whereas the second section focuses on the late seventies. The three works discussed in the first section are Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left, Peter Watkins’s Punishment Park, and Hubert Selby, Jr.’s The Room. The three works in the second section are Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, Gustav Hasford’s The Short-Timers and George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. These six disparate works will be...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.