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The Beautiful Language of My Century: Reinventing the language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968

McDonough, Tom

ISBN 10: 0262134772 / ISBN 13: 9780262134774
Editorial: The MIT Press, 2007
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Título: The Beautiful Language of My Century: ...

Editorial: The MIT Press

Año de publicación: 2007

Encuadernación: Hardcover (Original Cloth)

Condición del libro:As New

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In postwar France, the aesthetics of appropriation and collage gave cultural form to a struggle over meaning. A new wave of avant-garde experimentation used -- or stole, plagiarized, and expropriated -- elements from advertising, journalism, literature, art, and other sources of common discourse (the ironically named "beautiful language" of this book's title, itself an appropriation from Guy Debord's collaged Mémoires). Redeployed, often in startling or pointed juxtapositions, these elements took on newly oppositional meanings. A famous photograph taken inside the occupied Sorbonne in May 1968, for example, shows a massive academic painting altered by a clever cartoonish speech bubble that transforms the painting into a parody of itself and memorializes an event very different from the one captured by the original artist."The Beautiful Language of My Century" describes the various forms of critical culture that culminated in the events of May 1968, and investigates the ways those forms have come down to us today.McDonough explores the montage practice developed by Guy Debord and his situationist colleagues under the name of détournement and its expression in the later fifties as a form of cultural theft. He addresses the influence of colonialism on these practices, examining a 1961 exhibit of torn posters of the Algerian War ("La France déchirée"), Godard's early film Le Petit Soldat, and Christo's Project for a Temporary Wall of Steel Drums. He discusses the French left's adoption in the mid-sixties of the "end of art" as a theoretical position and describes the leftist idea of the fête as a Rabelaisian and revolutionary upwelling of everything that is low. This influential conception, inspired equally by the American urban revolts of the sixties and the writings of theorists Marcel Mauss and Georges Bataille, coalesced into a new image of revolution, a new model of contestation, in the events of May 1968 -- when the struggle over language and culture merged with a broader resistance to capitalist modernization.

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Larry Press is Professor of Information Systems atCalifornia State University, Dominguez Hills. He isalso a member of the Mosaic Group, which hasbeen conducting research on the global diffusion ofthe Internet since 1995.



William McHenry is Associate Professor, ManagementDepartment, the University of Akron. He isalso a member of the Mosaic Group, which hasbeen conducting research on the global diffusion ofthe Internet since 1995.



William Foster is Assistant Professor of Global InformationTechnology at the School of Managementon the West Campus of Arizona State University. Heis also a member of the Mosaic Group, which hasbeen conducting research on the global diffusion ofthe Internet since 1995.



Peter Wolcott is Associate Professor in the Departmentof Information Systems and Quantitative Analysisat the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He isalso a member of the Mosaic Group, which hasbeen conducting research on the global diffusion ofthe Internet since 1995.

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