Saturday, September 24, 2011

Was Astérix a Fascist?

The philosopher Michel Serres, reading rather flat-footedly in my view, has launched a polemic.

Michel Serres affirmait sans rire que la potion magique du Gaulois était une forme d'"éloge de la drogue" et que l'écrasement régulier du barde Assurancetourix représentait un"mépris de la culture" et, motif récurrent, une glorification de la "force pure".


A political scientist, Damien Boone, has taken up the challenge of responding to Serres, who has visibly gone off the rails. As for mépris de la culture, Prof. Serres had better be careful: having attacked one of the great icons of French culture, he now has a target on his back. (h/t KB)

5 comments:

FRANCIS said...

Another reaction : Astérix, national-socialix?
http://www.causeur.fr/asterix-national-socialix,11689

Alex Price said...

Michel Serres is a major Tintin fan -- he was friends with Hergé and has written a number of essays on different Tintin stories. Perhaps his partisanship has interfered with his judgment.

Robert said...

I agree Serres' critic was over the top, but I also think commenter Daniel Verba has it wrong when saying Asterix celebrates universality. I remember lots of caricatures of dumb, militaristic Germans and northern Europeans in general -- features that appeared to celebrate stereotypes instead of ridiculing them.

Robert said...

By the way: Racism in Tintin a "blague belge?" Way to undermine your argument's credibility in the very first sentence!

bernard said...

well, at least Serres missed the "latin de cuisine" aspect which was a principal cause of schoolyard hilarity (and analysis)during my unsucessful latin years in the sixties...The thought that people such as Goscinny and Uderzo would have unresolved fascist issues is a present day source of hilarity. I can tell someone has unresolved issues...