‘Art and Politics: Psychoanalysis, Ideology, Theatre’ by Walter A. Davis

Published by Pluto Press in 2007.

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This book explores the complex relationship between art and politics. Walter Davis uses his extensive knowledge of psychoanalysis to develop a philosophical critique of the impact that the current political climate is having on all artistic endeavour. He uses examples from a wide variety of fields including the theatre and popular culture, to show how true artistic freedom of expression is under threat from the ideological constraints imposed by contemporary capitalism.

Starting with an analysis of the censorship of the play My Name is Rachel Corrie, which was withdrawn from production by a major New York theatre due to political pressure, Davis shows how all art that challenges the mainstream is suppressed or distorted to suit the politics of our time—one that will not recognize the truth of human experience and the disorder at the heart of all civilization.

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