n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Fremdheit und Kapitalismuskritik
Okkulte Ökonomien und das Ende des Subjekts in René Polleschs (2005) : teil 2 : allgemeine beitrage

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



The following study discusses otherness and the critique of capitalism in contemporary German theatre. René Pollesch's Prater Saga, referring to African video-productions, forms the point of departure for this investigation. Pollesch's »citational theatre« intentionally incorporates philosophical approaches to criticize the representational strategies of a ›male white western‹ subject. The African videos referred to expose the limits of European concepts of subjectivity and reveal the opacity of capitalist globalisation processes. The foreign imagery of the videos not only creates counter-conceptions of Western definitions of the autonomous subject, but also points to the victims of global capitalism. Pollesch deploys Africa as a screen to present his idea of a »travelling subject« between European selfhood and exotic strangeness.

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