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Disturbing Attachments

Disturbing Attachments Pdf/ePub eBook Author: ,
Editor: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822372592
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Jean Genet (1910–1986) resonates, perhaps more than any other canonical queer figure from the pre-Stonewall past, with contemporary queer sensibilities attuned to a defiant non-normativity. Not only sexually queer, Genet was also a criminal and a social pariah, a bitter opponent of the police state, and an ally of revolutionary anticolonial movements. In Disturbing Attachments, Kadji Amin challenges the idealization of Genet as a paradigmatic figure within queer studies to illuminate the methodological dilemmas at the heart of queer theory. Pederasty, which was central to Genet's sexuality and to his passionate cross-racial and transnational political activism late in life, is among a series of problematic and outmoded queer attachments that Amin uses to deidealize and historicize queer theory. He brings the genealogy of Genet's imaginaries of attachment to bear on pressing issues within contemporary queer politics and scholarship, including prison abolition, homonationalism, and pinkwashing. Disturbing Attachments productively and provocatively unsettles queer studies by excavating the history of its affective tendencies to reveal and ultimately expand the contexts that inform the use and connotations of the term queer.

The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet

The Rites of Passage of Jean Genet Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gene A. Plunka
Editor: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634615
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In this book, Gene A. Plunka argues that the most important single element that solidifies all of Genet's work is the concept of metamorphosis. Genet's plays and prose demonstrate the transition from game playing to the establishment of one's identity through a state of risk taking that develops from solitude. However, risk taking per se is not as important as the rite of passage. Anthropologist Victor Turner's work in ethnography is used as a focal point for the examination of rites of passage in Genet's dramas. Rejecting society, Genet has allied himself with peripheral groups, marginal men, and outcasts--scapegoats who lack power in society. Much of their effort is spent in revolt or direct opposition in mainstream society that sees them as objects to be abused. As an outcast or marginal man, Genet solved his problem of identity through artistic creation and metamorphosis. Likewise, Genet's protagonists are outcasts searching for positive value in a society over which they have no control; they always appear to be the victims or scapegoats. As outcasts, Genet's protagonists establish their identities by first willing their actions and being proud to do so. Unfortunately, man's sense of Being is constantly undermined by society and the way individuals react to roles, norms, and values. Roles are the products of carefully defined and codified years of positively sanctioned institutional behavior. According to Genet, role playing limits individual freedom, stifles creativity, and impedes differentiation. Genet equates role playing with stagnant bourgeois society that imitates rather than invents; the latter is a word Genet often uses to urge his protagonists into a state of productive metamorphosis. Imitation versus invention is the underlying dialectic between bourgeois society and outcasts that is omnipresent in virtually all of Genet's works. Faced with rejection, poverty, oppression, and degradation, Genet's outcasts often escape their horrible predicaments by living in a world of illusion that consists of ceremony, game playing, narcissism, sexual and secret rites, or political charades. Like children, Genet's ostracized individuals play games to imitate a world that they can not enter. Essentially, the play acting becomes catharsis for an oppressed group that is otherwise confined to the lower stratum of society. Role players and outcasts who try to find an identity through cathartic game playing never realize their potential in Genet's world. Instead, Genet is interested in outcasts who immerse themselves in solitude and create their own sense of dignity free from external control. Most important, these isolated individuals may initially play games, yet they ultimately experience metamorphosis from a world of rites, charades, and rituals to a type of "sainthood" where dignity and nobility reign. The apotheosis is achieved through a distinct act of conscious revolt designed to condemn the risk taker to a degraded life of solitude totally distinct from society's norms and values.

Ethical Issues in Twentieth Century French Fiction

Ethical Issues in Twentieth Century French Fiction Pdf/ePub eBook Author: C. Davis
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 0230287476
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This book examines ethical problems raised by a number of key twentieth-century theoretical and fictional texts by authors such as Levinas, Sartre, Beauvoir, Yourcenar, Duras and Genet. It argues that even texts which apparently espouse ethical positions based on respect for and responsibility towards others, frequently depict conflict as an insurmountable aspect of human relations. This is reflected at an aesthetic level, as these texts both describe the struggle for supremacy and replicate it in their relation to their readers.

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Brian Gordon Kennelly
Editor: Rodopi
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This is the first study systematically to appraise Splendid's, �Elle�, and Le Bagne, the three plays by Jean Genet published after his death, both in the context of the dramatist's dramatic canon and with respect to one another. After showing that their unusual publishing history necessarily sets these works apart from Haute surveillance, Les Bonnes, Le Balcon, Les N�gres, and Les Paravents, it argues that from Splendid'sto Le Bagne, the question of incompletion is 'exteriorized' -- moving from a purely thematic to an increasingly formal context -- and that the status of each posthumously published work differs: Splendid'sis a 'completed' play, thematizing incompletion; �Elle�, with its seemingly incomplete form having thematic currency, is a 'properly unfinished' play; and as the intentionally 'fragmentary', purposefully suspended 'beginning' of a play, Le Bagneis shaped by incompletion.

Radical French Thought and the Return of the "Jewish Question"

Radical French Thought and the Return of the Author: Eric Marty
Editor: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253016843
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Radical French Thought and the Return of the "Jewish Question" by Eric Marty Summary

For English-speaking readers, this book serves as an introduction to an important French intellectual whose work, especially on the issues of antisemitism and anti-Zionism, runs counter to the hostility shown toward Jews by some representatives of contemporary critical theory. It presents for the first time in English five essays by Éric Marty, previously published in France, with a new preface by the author addressed to his American readers. The focus of these essays is the debate in France and elsewhere in Europe concerning the "Jew." The first essay on Jean Genet, one of postwar France’s most important literary figures, investigates the nature of Genet’s virulent antisemitism and hatred of Israel and its significance for an understanding of contemporary phenomena. The curious reappearance of St. Paul in theological and political discourse is discussed in another essay, which describes and analyses the interest that secular writers of the far left have shown in Paul’s "universalism" placed over and against Jewish or Israeli particularism. The remaining essays are more polemical in nature and confront the anti-Israeli attacks by Alain Badiou and Gilles Deleuze.

Genet à Barcelone

Genet à Barcelone Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Juan Goytisolo
Editor: Fayard
ISBN: 2213672946
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Genet à Barcelone by Juan Goytisolo Summary

Juan Goytisolo rencontre Jean Genet en 1955. Dès lors, il ne perdra plus de vue l’auteur du Notre-Dame-des-Fleurs (1944) ni son oeuvre, même si Genet avait l’habitude de disparaître du jour au lendemain. Dans son travail d’écriture, Goytisolo revint à plusieurs reprises sur l’étonnante figure que fut son ami. En rassemblant les quatre grands essais qu’il lui a consacrés, Goytisolo construit à sa manière, très proche et très sensible, une biographie et une réhabilitation du poète incompris dans sa dernière oeuvre. Dans un premier récit (publié par El País en 2009), il raconte l’étape juvénile de l’auteur du Journal du voleur, lorsqu’il partageait la vie de la pègre barcelonaise dans le Barrio Chino et que, pour subsister, il se livra, quelques mois durant, au vol et à la prostitution. Dans « Le territoire du poète » (chap. III de Les Royaumes déchirés, Fayard, 1988), il fait un portrait délibérément fragmentaire de Genet à partir de la relation zigzaguante qu’il a entretenue avec lui jusqu’à la fin de années 70. Quand il apprend qu’il est atteint d’un cancer, Genet réduit le cercle de ses amis parisiens et se consacre à la rédaction du livre qui deviendra son chef-d’œuvre : Un Captif amoureux. C’est à ce livre très attaqué que le fameux texte de Goytisolo « Genet et les Palestiniens : ambigüité politique et radicalité poétique » est consacré. « Le poète enterré à Larache » (La Forêt de l’écriture, Fayard, 1997) donne une nouvelle définition de la « sainteté » du chantre du vol, de la trahison et de l’homosexualité. Vient enfin quelques lettres que Genet avait adressées à Juan.

Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures

Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: George Haggerty
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 113558513X
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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Last Genet

The Last Genet Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Hadrien Laroche
Editor: arsenal pulp press
ISBN: 1551523868
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The final decades of Jean Genet’s life were preoccupied with the struggles of the disenfranchised: the Black Panthers, Baader-Meinhoff, and the Palestinians. Laroche’s book is a careful philosophical and historical reading of these groups and Genet’s relation to them.

Who'S Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History

Who'S Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert Aldrich,Garry Wotherspoon
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1000100758
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First published in 2004. With subjects drawm from politics, the arts and popular culture, Who's Who in Contemporray Gay & Lesbian History, includes 500 entries from a large team of expert international contributors. The geographical scope takes in the whole of the Western world. Includes fascinating information about little-known figures as well as cult icons from World War II to the present day.

Imperialism and Theatre

Imperialism and Theatre Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. Ellen Gainor
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134844301
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Imperialism is a transnational and transhistorical phenomenon; it occurs neither in limited areas nor at one specific moment. In cultures from across the world theatrical performance has long been a site for both the representation and support of imperialism, and resistance and rebellion against it. Imperialism and Theatre is a groundbreaking collection which explores the questions of why and how the theatre was selected within imperial cultures for the representation of the concerns of both the colonizers and the colonized. Gathering together fifteen noted scholars and theatre practitioners, this collection spans global and historical boundaries and presents a uniquely comprehensive study of post-colonial drama. The essays engage in current theoretical issues while shifting the focus from the printed text to theatre as a cultural formation and locus of political force. A compelling and extremely timely work, Imperialism and Theatre reveals fascinating new dimensions to the post-colonial debate. Contributors: Nora Alter; Sudipto Chatterjee; Mary Karen Dahl; Alan Filewood; Donald H. Frischmann; Rhonda Garelick; Helen Gilbert; Michael Hays; Loren Kruger; Josephine Lee; Robert Eric Livingston; Julie S. Peters; Michael Quinn; Edward Said; Elaine Savory.

Life Writing. Contemporary Autobiography, Biography, and Travel Writing

Life Writing. Contemporary Autobiography, Biography, and Travel Writing Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Koray Melikoglu
Editor: ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press
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Life Writing. Contemporary Autobiography, Biography, and Travel Writing by Koray Melikoglu Summary

These proceedings of the international 2006 symposium ‘The Theory and Practice of Life Writing: Auto/biography, Memoir and Travel Writing in Post/modern Literature’ at Haliç University, Istanbul, include the majority of contributions to this event, some of them heavily revised for publication. A first group, treatments of more comprehensive and/or theoretical aspects of life and travel writing, concerns genre history (Nazan Aksoy; Manfred Pfister), typology (Manfred Pfister; Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson), issues of narration (Gerald P. Mulderig; Rana Tekcan), the recent phenomenon of blogging (Leman Giresunlu), and therapeutic narrative (Wendy Ryden). A second group—whose concern often heavily overlaps with the first in that it also pursues theoretical goals—concentrates on individual authors and artists: Sabâ Altınsay and Dido Sotiriou (Banu Özel), Samuel Beckett (Oya Berk), the sculptor Alexander Calder (Barbara B. Zabel), G. Thomas Couser and his filial memoir, Moris Farhi (Bronwyn Mills), Jean Genet (Clare Brandabur), Henry James (Laurence Raw), Orhan Pamuk (Dilek Doltaş; Ayşe F. Ece), Sylvia Plath (Richard J. Larschan), Edouard Roditi (Clifford Endres), Sara Rosenberg (Claire Emilie Martin), the dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai (Leena Chandorkar), Alev Tekinay (Özlem Öğüt), Uwe Timm (Jutta Birmele), and female British and American Oriental travellers (Tea Jansson).

Decadent Orientalisms

Decadent Orientalisms Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Fieni
Editor: Fordham University Press
ISBN: 082328641X
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Decadent Orientalisms presents a sustained critique of the ways Orientalism and decadence have formed a joint discursive mode of the imperial imagination. Attentive to historical and literary configurations of language, race, religion, and power, Fieni shows the importance of understanding Western discourses of Eastern decline and obsolescence together with Arab and Islamic responses in which the language of decadence returns as a characteristic of the West. Taking seriously Edward Said’s claim that Orientalism is a “style of having power,” Fieni works historically through the aesthetic and ideological effects of Orientalist style, showing how it is at once comparative, descriptive, and performative. Orientalism, the book argues, relies upon decadence as the figure through which its positivist scientific claims become redistributed as speech acts—“truths” that establish dominance. Rather than attending to Orientalism as a repertoire of clichés and stereotypes, Decadent Orientalisms considers the systemic epistemological consequences of the diffuse, yet coherent network of institutions that have constituted Orientalism’s power.

Proust among the Nations

Proust among the Nations Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Jacqueline Rose
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226725804
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Known for her far-reaching examinations of psychoanalysis, literature, and politics, Jacqueline Rose has in recent years turned her attention to the Israel-Palestine conflict, one of the most enduring and apparently intractable conflicts of our time. In Proust among the Nations, she takes the development of her thought on this crisis a stage further, revealing it as a distinctly Western problem. In a radical rereading of the Dreyfus affair through the lens of Marcel Proust in dialogue with Freud, Rose offers a fresh and nuanced account of the rise of Jewish nationalism and the subsequent creation of Israel. Following Proust’s heirs, Beckett and Genet, and a host of Middle Eastern writers, artists, and filmmakers, Rose traces the shifting dynamic of memory and identity across the crucial and ongoing cultural links between Europe and Palestine. A powerful and elegant analysis of the responsibility of writing, Proust among the Nations makes the case for literature as a unique resource for understanding political struggle and gives us new ways to think creatively about the violence in the Middle East.

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures

Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Bonnie Zimmerman,George Haggerty
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135728704
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Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures by Bonnie Zimmerman,George Haggerty Summary

A rich heritage that needs to be documented Beginning in 1869, when the study of homosexuality can be said to have begun with the establishment of sexology, this encyclopedia offers accounts of the most important international developments in an area that now occupies a critical place in many fields of academic endeavors. It covers a long history and a dynamic and ever changing present, while opening up the academic profession to new scholarship and new ways of thinking. A groundbreaking new approach While gays and lesbians have shared many aspects of life, their histories and cultures developed in profoundly different ways. To reflect this crucial fact, the encyclopedia has been prepared in two separate volumes assuring that both histories receive full, unbiased attention and that a broad range of human experience is covered. Written for and by a wide range of people Intended as a reference for students and scholars in all fields, as well as for the general public, the encyclopedia is written in user-friendly language. At the same time it maintains a high level of scholarship that incorporates both passion and objectivity. It is written by some of the most famous names in the field, as well as new scholars, whose research continues to advance gender studies into the future.

Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Vol.2

Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Vol.2 Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert Aldrich,Garry Wotherspoon
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134583133
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Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History Vol.2 by Robert Aldrich,Garry Wotherspoon Summary

Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day provides a comprehensive modern biographical survey of homosexuality in the Western world. Among those included are: * Controversial political activists - Peter Tatchell; Guy Hocquenghem; Harvey Milk * Pop icons - David Bowie; k d lang; Boy George * Groundbreaking artists, writers and filmmakers - Pier Paolo Pasolini; Derek Jarman; David Hockney * Intellectuals who have shaped and changed the modern understanding of sexuality - Michel Foucault; Simone de Beauvoir; Alfred Kinsey * Over 500 entries - clear, informative and enjoyable to read - build up a superbly thorough overview of gay and lesbian life in our time.

Avant-garde Orientalism

Avant-garde Orientalism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David LeHardy Sweet
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319503731
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This study explores the work of Western avant-garde writers who traveled to and wrote about Asia and North Africa. Though exoticist in outlook, many of these writers were also anti-colonialist and thus avoided some of the pitfalls of academic orientalism by assuming an aesthetics of diversity while employing strategies of provocation and reciprocity. As a survey of works on travel (including essays, novels, poems, and plays), the book challenges or modifies many postcolonial assumptions about Western writers on the Orient: from the French Surrealists to the American Beats and even transnational authors of the new millennium. Through a synthesis of avant-garde, postcolonial, and travel literature theories, Avant-garde Orientalism works in the best tradition of comparative literary study to identify and analyze a distinct category of world literature.

Jean Genet, le poète travesti

Jean Genet, le poète travesti Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marie Redonnet
Editor: Grasset
ISBN: 2246592895
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Jean Genet, le poète travesti by Marie Redonnet Summary

"L'oeuvre de Genet est au vif des grandes questions qui se posent à l'Occident aujourd'hui. La poésie appartient aux déshérités qui veulent se libérer. Elle est la part libre qui, par le chant, survit à l'échec des révolutions et n'abdique jamais. Par la poésie conçue comme une machine de guerre, Genet s'échappe des prisons funéraires et nihilistes de l'histoire de l'Occident. Sa poésie, qui contient le trésor de la féérie, est porteuse de vie et d'espoir jusque dans la mort dont elle fait de la vie. C'est en cela qu'elle est politique, obliquement. Aux déshérités, privés de la révolution tout autant que de Dieu, mais pour qui la question de la révolution et la question de Dieu restent vitales, l'héritage poétique de Genet revient. A eux de le rendre vivant et d'en transmettre la mémoire." M.R. Ni biographie ni essai bibliographique, ce livre est l'analyse, par un écrivain, de l'oeuvre de Jean Genet, de Notre-Dame des fleurs au Captif amoureux. Marie Redonnet est romancière et dramaturge.

Un temps pour haïr

Un temps pour haïr Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marc Weitzmann
Editor: Grasset
ISBN: 2246852390
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Un temps pour haïr by Marc Weitzmann Summary

Et si la France était devenu le pays où la haine s’exerce, se déploie, et parfois assassine ? Le cœur d’un brasier qui, depuis la fin de la guerre froide, d'Alger à Varsovie, de New York à Moscou et Istanbul, menace la planète ? La France a été en 2002 le premier pays occidental à mettre un leader populiste aux portes du pouvoir. Dans les années 2010, elle est devenue le premier pays d'Europe en terme d'envoi de djihadistes vers l’Irak et la Syrie. Depuis 2015 enfin, avec près de 300 morts, elle est numéro 1 en terme de victimes d'attentats majeurs, tandis que les agressions antisémites ne faiblissent pas... Marc Weitzmann nous livre la première grande enquête « totale », factuelle, intellectuelle, historique, littéraire, qui tente de dénouer ces différents fils. Fruit d'un travail de quatre années, Un Temps pour haïr est fondé sur des écoutes des services secrets; sur les compte-rendus de procès terroristes ; sur des rencontres avec les familles de djihadistes, des psychiatres, des enseignants ; sur l’analyse sémiotique des dialogues entre les équipes de tueurs ; mais aussi sur la reconstitution de chapitres méconnus de la colonisation et sur celle des réseaux d'extrême droite dans les années 1990. Le livre, qui reconstitue le parcours de multiples personnages à l’épaisseur romanesque, frappe autant par l'ampleur du tableau qu'il brasse que par sa forme. Enquête sur la psychopathologie du djihad, plongée historique aux sources de la colonisation et réflexion personnelle se mêlent non pour apporter une explication dogmatique définitive mais pour guider le lecteur dans une méditation sur le rôle des images, de l’idéologie, la question de l’authenticité, des vérités simultanés. Aucune porte ne se tient devant nous – porte de la guerre ou de la paix qu’il suffirait de franchir ou de refermer – mais au moins serons-nous mieux armés pour comprendre...

French XX Bibliography

French XX Bibliography Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Douglas W. Alden,Peter C. Hoy,Christine M. Zunz
Editor: Susquehanna University Press
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French XX Bibliography by Douglas W. Alden,Peter C. Hoy,Christine M. Zunz Summary

This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.

Paths to Contemporary French Literature

Paths to Contemporary French Literature Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Taylor
Editor: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 1412846404
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Praised for his independence, curiosity, intimate knowledge of French literature, and sharp reader’s eye, John Taylor is a writer-critic who is naturally skeptical of literary fashions, overnight reputations, and readymade academic categories. Here he examines various genres of politically committed literature (such as Jean Hatzfeld’s "narratives" about Rwanda or Tchicaya U Tam’si’s verse), some overlooked fiction, and several provocative experiments with literary form (ranging from the poetry of Jean-Paul Michel and Marie Étienne to the "three-line novels" of Félix Fénéon). Taylor continues to reveal the remarkable resourcefulness of French writing. Besides drawing attention to authors (like Dai Sijie or Albert Cossery) who have come to French from other languages, he has added younger novelists to his critical panorama. Challenging persistent clichés and recovering deserving voices from unjust neglect, Taylor’s vision of French literature conjures up the image of a vital nexus. Poetry crisscrosses with prose, writers from one generation meet up with those from the next or the previous one, while the philosophical ideas underlying French writing are scrutinized. This is an essential guide to the realities of French culture today.