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An Invitation to explore the Viaducts of our Minds

Ideology Critique in American Literature and Film during the Seventies


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.
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Wes Craven

Wes Craven envisioned titles like Sex Crime of the Century or Krug and Company for his film The Last House on the Left. But unfortunately these titles were not inciting audiences to watch the film. Someone from PR recommended the title The Last House on the Left because ‘last’ and ‘left’ had an uncanny notion. Audiences responded to this title and thus it became the title of the film. Craven states the title does not have anything to do with the film. It is ironic that the title itself illustrates the gap between language and world.388

Other films by Wes Craven include The Hills have Eyes (1977), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), and Scream (1996).

Peter Watkins

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