Florian Keller's Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream PDF

By Florian Keller

When Andy Kaufman succumbed unexpectedly to lung melanoma in 1984, a few of his enthusiasts believed that his demise was once yet one more tricky prank. Over the former decade, Kaufman had completed inconceivable repute for his strange antiperformances—lip-synching the robust Mouse topic music, examining The nice Gatsby aloud in its entirety while humans anticipated comedy, asking viewers participants to the touch a boil on his neck—that confused, pissed off, or angry his viewers. 

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

Keller posits that Kaufman provided a considerably different—and might be extra potent—logic of cultural feedback than did extra openly political comedians akin to Lenny Bruce. featuring shut readings of Kaufman’s most vital performances, Keller indicates how Kaufman mounted—for the good thing about a frequently uncomprehending public—a sustained and memorable critique of America’s obsession with superstar and individualism. 

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

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