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1996

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Dissolving The Divine: The Tragedy Of Identity In Genet's "Elle", Brian G. Kennelly Jan 1996

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

World Languages and Cultures

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 ...


The Unknown Role Of Madame In Genet's Les Bonnes, Brian G. Kennelly Jan 1996

The Unknown Role Of Madame In Genet's Les Bonnes, Brian G. Kennelly

World Languages and Cultures

The text of Jean Genet's Les Bonnes that is taught and performed most regularly is the shorter of the two versions of the play published side by side by Jean-Jacques Pauvert in 1954. It is considered the third and final acting script used in the first production of the play. Material from the earlier versions of the play, unused by Louis Jouvet who first directed it at the Thèâtre de l'Athénée in Paris in 1947, went unperformed and is, some fifty years after the premiere of Les Bonnes, essentially unknown. The first version of the play dates from ...