What part do representations of family units perform in the assault on bourgeois attitudes articulated by French avant-garde playwrights?

“Every product of disgust that is capable of becoming a negation of the family is dada (Tristan Tzara).” What part do representations of family and family units perform in the assault on conservative (‘bourgeois’) attitudes articulated by the writers studied in this module? Answer with reference to at least two plays or practitioners. In the … Continue reading What part do representations of family units perform in the assault on bourgeois attitudes articulated by French avant-garde playwrights?

To what extent do the songs of Sleaford Mods uphold or upset our Žižekian “obligation to enjoy?”

In an essay of 2008, Paul Kingsbury stated that “our submission to a ‘monstrous duty to enjoy’ is coextensive with a capitalist regime that bombards us with promises of enjoyment, yet ultimately deprives us of enjoying ourselves.”[1] It is this very issue, discussed in depth by the cultural critic Slavoj Žižek, that facilitates the splenetic … Continue reading To what extent do the songs of Sleaford Mods uphold or upset our Žižekian “obligation to enjoy?”

Analysis of a section of François Truffaut’s ‘Le Dernier Metro’

Le Dernier métro: A commentary on the section 22.45 > 28 « Le Dernier métro » est un film réalisé par François Truffaut en 1980, qui explore les épreuves et les dilemmes ressenti sous l’Occupation, et comment les gens ont souffert à cause de ces luttes. Le film expose comment tout le monde, pas seulement les personnes … Continue reading Analysis of a section of François Truffaut’s ‘Le Dernier Metro’

The Slits, Punk, Patriarchy and Criticism

Punk, which emerged as a movement in the mid-1970’s, sought to create an environment where sexual liberation was rife, a carefree attitude of anti-establishment was popularised, and a real political Otherness prevailed amongst a society riddled with unemployment and malcontent youths. Others, however, merely “define punk in terms of a loosely construed aesthetic,”[1] suggesting that … Continue reading The Slits, Punk, Patriarchy and Criticism

To what extent can Said’s statements about Orientalism be interestingly applied to the “techniques of representation” employed by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in The Turkish Embassy Letters?

Orientalism, Fetishization and STL’s (Sassy Turkish Ladies). Continue reading To what extent can Said’s statements about Orientalism be interestingly applied to the “techniques of representation” employed by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu in The Turkish Embassy Letters?