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French and Francophone Language and Literature

Brian G. Kennelly

2009

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Dissolving The Divine: The Tragedy Of Identity In Genet's "Elle", Brian G. Kennelly Feb 2009

Dissolving The Divine: The Tragedy Of Identity In Genet's "Elle", Brian G. Kennelly

Brian G. Kennelly

In his recent biography of Jean Genet, Edmund White tells of the dramatist's fascination with the Pope. Genet purportedly revealed to Laurent Boyer, his "exécuteur testamentaire" at Gallimard, that if ever the Pope invited him to the Vatican, he would accept in a second. The ecclesiastical pomp of the center of power of the Catholic Church intrigued him to no end (Jean Genet 497). For those who know anything of the life or works of France's celebrated "poète maudit," it probably comes as no surprise that Genet never did receive such an invitation. He did, however, indulge his ...