Antonin Artaud’s Alternate Genealogies: Self-Portraits and by John C. Stout

By John C. Stout

such a lot readers recognize Antonin Artaud as a theorist of the theatre and as a playwright, director and actor manqué. Now, John C. Stout’s hugely unique learn installs Artaud as a author and theorist of biography.

In Alternate Genealogies Stout analyzes separate yet interrelated preoccupations critical to Artaud’s paintings: the self-portrait and the relations romance. He indicates how Artaud, in numerous very important yet quite missed texts, rewrites the existence tales of historic and literary figures with whom he identifies (for instance, Paolo Ucello, Abelard, Van Gogh and Shelley’s Francesco Cenci) in an try to reinvent himself during the photo, or existence, of one other. in the course of the e-book Stout focusses on Artaud’s struggles to get better the experience of self that eludes him and to grasp the reproductive approach through recreating the family members in — and as — his personal fantasies of it. With this learn John C. Stout has further significantly to our realizing of Artaud.

His publication may be a lot preferred through theatre students, Artaud experts, Freudians, Lacanians and either theorists and practitioners of lifestyles writing.

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Abelard is remembered as a theologian of brilliant powers of reasoning but also as the tutor who seduced his pupil and paid for the seduction by being castrated. Following his castration by Heloi'se's uncle Fulbert and others, Abelard went into exile away from Paris and devoted himself to a life of penitence. Artaud's retelling of the story of Abelard's martyrdom to sexuality repeats the irony and ambivalence that characterized the discourse and action of "Paul les Oiseaux," which both idealized and mocked Uccello's defensive flight into the realm of the imaginary.

248. 33 Jean Bellemin-Noel, Les Contes et leurs fantasmes (Paris: Presses universitaires de France, 1983), 9. , 10. , 17. 36 Roudinesco and Deluy, La Psychanalyse. , 51. 38 Jonathan Culler, On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982), 85. 39 Jacques Derrida, "La Parole soufflee" and "Le Theatre de la cruaute et la cloture de la representation," in L'Ecriture et la differencee (Paris: Seuil, 1967). , 260. , 291. , The Sexual Enlightenment of Children (New York: Collier Books, 1963).

Marcel Schwob's "Paolo Uccello, peintre" A reading of Schwob's imaginary biography demonstrates how it oriented Artaud's view of Uccello but also underscores the discrepancies between Artaud's and Schwob's use of the material. Schwob's neutral, unemphatic tone and style are at odds with the fantastical events he narrates. Artaud, on the other hand, creates a turbulent, unstable discourse as he stages the drama of Uccello's life. Schwob's "Paolo Uccello, peintre" begins with a play on the proper name.

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