New PDF release: Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream

By Florian Keller

ISBN-10: 0816646023

ISBN-13: 9780816646029

ISBN-10: 0816646031

ISBN-13: 9780816646036

When Andy Kaufman succumbed by surprise to lung melanoma in 1984, a few of his enthusiasts believed that his dying was once another problematic prank. Over the former decade, Kaufman had accomplished inconceivable status for his strange antiperformances—lip-synching the potent Mouse topic tune, examining The nice Gatsby aloud in its entirety while humans anticipated comedy, asking viewers individuals to the touch a boil on his neck—that at a loss for words, pissed off, or angry his viewers. 

In Andy Kaufman, Florian Keller explores Kaufman’s occupation inside of a broader dialogue of the ideology of the yankee Dream. Taking as his place to begin the 1999 biopic Man at the Moon, Keller brilliantly decodes Kaufman in a manner that makes it attainable to know his radical schedule past avant-garde theories of transgression. As an entertainer, Kaufman submerged his id underneath a multiplicity of personas, enacting the yankee trust that the self can and may be forever remade for the sake of happiness and luck. He did this so conscientiously and constantly, Keller argues, that he uncovered the interior contradictions of America’s ideology of self-invention. 

Keller posits that Kaufman provided a noticeably different—and possibly extra potent—logic of cultural feedback than did extra brazenly political comedians corresponding to Lenny Bruce. providing shut readings of Kaufman’s most important performances, Keller indicates how Kaufman mounted—for the advantage of a regularly uncomprehending public—a sustained and memorable critique of America’s obsession with famous person and individualism. 

Florian Keller is a fellow on the Institute of Cultural reports, institution of artwork and layout, college of technologies and humanities, Zurich.

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