Posts tagged ‘interpellation’

21 March 2009

Alice in Wonderland

Žižek has had his influence. Impossible to watch Alice in Wonderland at the Kammerspiele in Berlin’s Deutsches Theater tonight without thinking of Althusser’s interpellation. The play provides a beautiful example of interpellation when the rabbit refers to Alice as his maid:

Why Mary Ann, what are you doing out here? Run home this moment, and fetch me a pair of gloves and a fan! Quick now!”

In the play (although not in the original book), Alice then contemplates what this means for her identity. She isn’t Mary Ann. Mary Ann is not who she is. But then, if the rabbit calls her Mary Ann perhaps she is Mary Ann after all. Etc.

Lovely moment in a nicely absurd play.


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