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Asterix is a cultural phenomenon that paradoxically exists uncoupled from any point of empirical origin and a cultural artifact that insists on the difer- ence that origins, even the very myth of the origin, make within culture.
It is this reimagining, moreover, that has interlocked so successfully with contemporary political sensibilities.
For discussion of the notion of autochthony in Athens, see Detienne ; Loraux ; Loraux ; Rosivach Indeed, there are entire studies devoted to this. See Brodersen and van Royen and van der Vegt Accordingly, the plots of Asterix are allegories of French, or European, resistance to an American political and cultural empire.
Asterix has been reconigured into games, video games, ani- mated ilms, live-action ilms, and a theme park. It has been a long-standing concern of the French government to preserve French cul- ture and prevent it from being swamped by non-French imports Hayward To that end, the French government imposes quotas on the ratio of French and non-French product in ilm, TV, and radio. It has a particular interest in ilm and subsidizes French ilm production in order to protect the French ilm industry.
It is also the story of the European ilm industry. And Asterix has continued to save the day. In , France had a record year of ilm-ticket sales, the second highest in twenty-four years.
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Moreover, for the second time since , the market share for French ilms exceeded that of US ilms. And the KovacsOUS. What is at stake now is French national pride and the French ilm industry itself in the face of US cultural imperialism—an imperialism that, with its Hollywood blockbusters, is busy invading and dominating the box-oice returns of many nations.
Yet that recontextualization reveals something paradoxical about the attendant appropriation of the notion of resistance. It assumes that the only efective resistance to cultural imperial hegemony is by means that look suspiciously like the imperial culture it seeks to counter. In point of fact, the reception and appropriation of Asterix, which tends to empha- size the intractable resistance of the Gauls against the Romans, only furthers the myth of the autochthonous, pure native by insisting on the noncontamination of the Gauls by the Romans.
And to ind out what exactly is being resisted which may turn out to be the notion of Asterix embodying indomitable resistance , it is necessary to consider the stories themselves. Asterix is, irst of all, not the retelling of a classical myth or narrative from antiquity. Admittedly, there are points of con- tact with classical sources. No clearer statement against the notion of purity and noncontamination can be found than that in a brief piece that Goscinny and Uderzo wrote mocking the French attempt to keep English words out of the French language.
Getaix urges them not to pollute their language with Latin but can only ofer substitutions that require at least half a dozen words for one Latin word Asterix and the Class Act; ; English , 47— My argument is very much based on narrative as opposed to graphic presenta- tion.
On the penultimate page of the story, Asterix organizes an attempt to wrest the political signiicance of the shield from Caesar. While the triumphal march appears to be a successful appropriation of the shield that wrests its political signiicance from Caesar, much suggests an ambiguity about it.
Atop the shield, a weak, emaciated, postspa Vitalstatistix is borne alot solely by Obelix. Yet Vitalstatistix could never be mistaken for a heroic leader. Indeed, much of the narrative depicts a sickly Vitalstatistix having to go to a spa to cure his liver of the efects of consuming too much rich food and beer.
Rather, the shield has become a comic prop that ultimately resists political symbolization. Shield bearers lug Vitalstatistix about on it, usually for no ostensible purpose other than to provide comic relief when they misunderstand his instructions, causing him to topple from his station.
Interestingly, in the stories that follow this one, Vitalstatistix oten falls down from his shield. As Plutarch Indeed, his vexed relationship with his shield forms one of the many running visual gags of the series. As already suggested, the true origin that Asterix refers to is the mythological use made of the notion of the pure native in contemporary culture, the dream of autochthony.
It should come as no surprise, then, that there is an unsettling complexity and ambiguity wrapped around the notion of indomitable resistance that is not considered in its mythic appropriation. Yet a more careful consideration of the stories suggests a far more nuanced rela- tionship.
Most of the story is concerned with preventing the magic potion from falling into the hands of the Romans, in particular, Crismus Bonus, who dreams of using it to become ruler of Rome.
Asterix and Getaix manage to prevent the potion from falling into the wrong hands, even though it entails capture. Caesar is grateful for the information and graciously frees them, reminding them that while this interchange was a draw, they will meet again.
Unlike Crismus Bonus, Caesar has no thought of getting his hands on the potion himself. He is powerful enough without it. King goes into great detail on this issue. In the inal analy- sis, Asterix has identiied a political threat to Caesar and has also helped him in his quest for power by conining the magic potion to his village.
If they are such rebellious, proud Gauls, why do they not share the potion with other Gauls? Furthermore, as indicated in Asterix and the Goths ; English , the magic potion is a dangerous substance that irresistibly entices people to exploit it for self-gain and power. Perhaps this is the true resistance in Asterix, the ability to resist exploiting the magic potion.
Hence it is not really possible to claim that the Gauls are rebels. Clearly, Caesar, the conqueror of Gaul, is cast as the recurring antagonist. Yet even here, the same complex approach to the myth of the pure native holds.
For that myth would require a rigid distinction and opposition between Caesar and the pure Gaul. However, closer examination of the stories reveals a complexity to this apparently antagonistic relationship that complicates the notion of indomitable resistance.
Is it ok to delete? In Asterix in Belgium ; English , the Gauls actually have Caesar in their power and let him go. In Please conirm. Asterix and Cleopatra, Caesar technically lets them go, but this is at the express mandate of Cleopatra.
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Once again, Asterix and Obelix meet with Caesar, who thanks them for their help and allows them to return to Gaul with Tragicomix. Incensed at this failure of an entertain- ing spectacle, Caesar orders his best legionnaires into the amphitheater to massacre the Gauls. Of course, Asterix and Obelix decimate the legionnaires, much to the delight of the attendant crowd.
In a move typical for the series, Asterix has managed to thwart Caesar by handing him a victory. And since all has ended well, Caesar grants all the Gauls their freedom. In both of these instances, then, Caesar releases Asterix and Obelix and allows them to achieve their objective, fully aware that they are the key igures in the Gallic village that is a permanent thorn in his side.
Caesar could not have more useful enemies. He does. Yet it is the form that these attempts take that is noteworthy. Caesar does not attempt to con- quer them the way he conquered the rest of Gaul.
As these are the few instances of sustained conlict between Caesar and the Gauls, these stories merit closer inspection.
Two stories turn on issues of group psychology and self-governance, and two turn on the socioeconomic life of the village. In Asterix and the Roman Agent ; English , Tortuous Convolvulus, who is known to be able to start arguments between people efortlessly, is sent by Caesar to the vil- lage to wreak havoc. He does not have the Magic Potion, but his whole plan rests on making the Gauls believe that he does.
Through other tricks and deception, Convolvulus convinces the Gauls that their suspicions are well founded and that the Romans have the Magic Potion.
However his plan works a little too well when even the Roman troops of Aquarium believe that they have the Magic Potion and insist on drinking it, even though it is not actually available to them.
The real turning point in his ruse however occurs when some of the deceived villagers openly voice their suspicions that Asterix and Getafix gave the secret of the Magic Potion to the Romans. This provides Asterix and Getafix with the excuse they need to announce a self-imposed exile and they leave the village with their heads held high.
Obelix goes with them; he is himself confused as to whether or not the Romans have the Potion, but loyally sticks by his two best friends. They in fact intend to expose Convolvulus and teach the other Gauls a lesson in trust.
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The shock of their departure and their seeming helplessness against Roman attack has the villagers thinking they have acted foolishly.
Asterix and Getafix confront Convolvulus and announce that they are leaving the area with Obelix and the Magic Potion. Taking them at their word, Convolvulus persuades the Roman commander, centurion Platypus, to attack the village.
Platypus, who is also a little mixed-up on the course of events, takes the credit for turning Convolvulus into an able strategist. Getafix makes some Magic Potion while Platypus summons for reinforcements. After drinking the real Magic Potion, the Gaulish villagers engage in a major battle with all four of the Roman garrisons that surround them.
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After winning the fight, they turn the tables on Convolvulus in an ingenious move: they thank him, treating him as one of their own, and give him the vase he gave Asterix earlier on. This tricks the Roman troops into believing that Convolvulus is a traitor who deliberately engineered their defeat and the vase is smashed as they arrest him.
He is sent back to Rome for punishment, though that may be a case of easier said than done given that he retains his cunning and deceitful skills. Despite this, he has made no further appearances to date. In the village there are apologies all round and it is agreed to hold another birthday for Vitalstatistix and make up for the previous one which was held in moody silence.
Asterix however decides that he is entitled to a little of his own back after being suspected of being a traitor himself. The next day he is seen being proudly carried on a shield by Obelix in the same way that Vitalstatistix usually goes about his business. The men soon join in and peace is only restored when Asterix claims that he was simply testing the shield that he intends to give to Chief Vitalstatistix. The inspiration was the dissention at Pilote magazine, a year before, during the May events in Paris, a time of civil unrest, when Goscinny, then also editor of Pilote, was almost evicted from the post, and remained bitter from the affair.
It is a curious remark to make; obviously Brutus is hiding something, as it would be revealed later.Taking them at their word, Convolvulus persuades the Roman commander, centurion Platypus, to attack the village.
Obelix does indeed do this, an act that in turn triggers the envy and jealousy of the other vil- lagers. Indeed, there are entire studies devoted to this. Leading this distrust are Fulliautomatix the blacksmith , Geriatrix the elder, and their wives. Asterix and the Laurel Wreath Asterix.
Asterix Orion Paperback. In other languages[ edit ]. And to Hermann Steinhauser, my own Majestix. As it is so diicult to deny the hybrid nature of any people in a contemporary context, the notion of the pure native usually is pushed into the distant past.