The politics of Jean Genet's late theatre: Spaces of revolution

Carl Ivan Lavery

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Jean Genet and the politics of theatre is the first publication to situate the politics of Genet's theatre within the social, spatial and political contexts of France in the 1950s and 1960s. The book's innovative approach departs significantly from existing scholarship on Genet. Where scholars have tended to bracket Genet as either an absurdist, ritualistic or, more recently, a resistant playwright, this study argues that his theory and practice of political theatre have more in common with the affirmative ideas of thinkers such as Henri Lefebvre, Jacques Rancière and Alain Badiou. By doing so, the monograph positions Genet as a revolutionary playwright, interested in producing progressive forms of democracy. This original and interdisciplinary reading of Genet’s late work will be of interest to students and practitioners of Theatre, as well as those interested in French and History.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9780719077135
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Publication series

NameTheatre: Theory – Practice – Performance
PublisherManchester University Press


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