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The Techne of GivingCinema and the Generous Form of Life$
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Timothy C. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823273256

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823273256.001.0001

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Playful Falls in a Milieu of Contagion

Playful Falls in a Milieu of Contagion

(p.91) 4 Playful Falls in a Milieu of Contagion
The Techne of Giving

Timothy C. Campbell

Fordham University Press

Roberto Rossellini’s Germany Year Zero is the subject of this chapter, in which the relation of the generous form of life to play is analysed in a milieu of ingratitude and mythic violence. The central figure of the film, the boy Edmund, is read as a limit case of the generous form of life in a context of massive envy. Here parricide and suicide become the only possibilities when gratitude has been reduced to year zero. The chapter includes a reading of Melanie Klein’s Gratitude and Envy and ends with a reflection on how the film turns gratitude inside out; in lieu of good and bad objects, there is law and guilt.

Keywords:   comedy, Germany Year Zero, play, Rancière, Rossellini, techne, Winnicott

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