American ‘Unculture’ in French Drama: Homo Americanus and by Les Essif
By Les Essif
A ebook concerning the position the United States performs within the French mind's eye, because it interprets to the French level. knowledgeable through a wealthy number of Western cultural scholarship, Essif examines dozen post-1960 works representing probably the most leading edge dramaturgy of the final part century, together with works via Gatti, Obaldia, Cixous, Koltes, and Vinaver.
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