By Les Essif

A e-book concerning the function the US performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French degree. trained by way of a wealthy number of Western cultural scholarship, Essif examines dozen post-1960 works representing one of the most leading edge dramaturgy of the final part century, together with works by means of Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.

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How does the concept of the mega-lottery relate to the American work ethic? ) winnings to so many Americans? Is it that the middle- or low-income worker who has a modest but relatively comfortable life believes it is better to make one person (like him or herself) super-rich than two hundred people simply rich… and financially secure? Is it a case of individualistic self-interest taken to a nonsensical extreme? If you gave a homeless homo americanus a buck and a choice, is it possible he would spend it on a mega-lottery ticket?

The power of the ‘extreme right’ National Front French political party remains limited to less than 20 percent of the French electorate, and the party’s very existence – the fact that its membership identifies itself and has a voice – represents a mostly positive effect of the French multiparty political system. In key political issues such as the support of a multiparty political system (as opposed to the US duopoly), religion and the separation of Church and State, the welfare state and national healthcare, capitalist laissez-faire and corporate power, and capital punishment, many of the most conservative French politicians would likely seem too ‘progressive’ for mainstream American Democrats, who, in turn, would be too conservative, too reactionary for the French.

In the following chapter, ‘How the Americans Apply the Doctrine of SelfInterest Properly Understood to Religion,’ a somewhat idealistically religious Tocqueville professes a belief in a human virtue based as much on love of God as on ultimate reward. ’ In stark contrast to the Catholic priests of the Middle Ages who focused almost exclusively on the rewards of the afterlife, American preachers ‘are continually coming down to earth. Indeed they find it difficult to take their eyes off it’; that is, Tocqueville gets the impression from their preaching that earthly prosperity trumps eternal felicity (530).

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