Politics, subjection and subjectivation : the microphysical corporeality of power in the theatrical works of Arthur Miller

 
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PhD thesis (EN)

2003 (EN)
Politics, subjection and subjectivation : the microphysical corporeality of power in the theatrical works of Arthur Miller

Imam, Neamat

This project looks at the theatrical works of Arthur Miller through the Faucauldian prism. It concentrates on the correlation, aggrandizement and sententiousness of modern power, as it preoccupies Miller's characters in their system of embodiment, insurgence for existence, rhetoric of dilemma and politics of freedom. On the one hand, the fantasies as well as the promises of self-stultification of the characters are observed to corroborate power's capacity of control, while, on the other, their condescension as well as cultivation of resentment is noted as inescapably subsiding in its playfulness. Power in Arthur Miller is not power proper, but its microphysical technologies and reflective prognosis. It is not limited to epistemologically developed influential issues it rather associates local, marginal and empirically unaccounted for uncertainties. It is a power expressed in subjectivation and exercised through tangential and nominalistic reciprocation. It plays more with the proliferation of identity, the consiousness industry, the vestiges of self-determination and the discursive stance of a subject than its scrupulus historico-political role and condition. It incarcerates the subject's body, manipulates its dreams and outflanks its desires. It engages the subject in a framework of transaction not only by essentializing in it a drive of hegemony or resistance, but also by creating a spell of erotico-masochistic gratification. Invisibility instead of corporal intervention is it process, mormalization instead of extinction its consequence. Even in the case of solidified hidtorical crises, i.e., Nazi transnational aggression, Judeo-Nordic racial confrontationm McCarthyite polarization of political ideologies and frustrating squandering of capital during the Depression, crises that appear and reappear in Miller's dramaturgy, power is fundamentally and predictably manifested at biopolitical level. It simultaneously engages and interacts with different conventionally divisible ingredients, i.e., nationalism, race, class, gender, thus illegitimizing their gridline of distinction and further bureaucratizing their functioning method

PhD Thesis / Διδακτορική Διατριβή
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National socialism in literature
Εθνικός σοσιαλισμός στη λογοτεχνία
Power(Social sciences) in literature
Subjectivity in literature
Εξουσία(Κοινωνικές επιστήμες) στη λογοτεχνία
Υποκειμενικότητα στη λογοτεχνία

Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης (EL)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (EN)

2003
2009-06-21T21:00:00Z


Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Φιλοσοφική Σχολή, Τμήμα Αγγλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας

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