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The Resource Queens and revolutionaries : new readings of Jean Genet, Pascale Gaitet

Queens and revolutionaries : new readings of Jean Genet, Pascale Gaitet

Label
Queens and revolutionaries : new readings of Jean Genet
Title
Queens and revolutionaries
Title remainder
new readings of Jean Genet
Statement of responsibility
Pascale Gaitet
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This study of Jean Genet demonstrates that his writings have much to tell us about the questions of identity, sex, gender, and politics that haunt us today. Indeed, Queens and Revolutionaries proposes new readings of his work that focus on the two areas which Sartre's Saint Genet does not adequately address: sex and politics. The book first demonstrates how Sartre's analyses, because of their uncritical reliance on a range of binary oppositions, fail to do justice to the complex interplay of agency and determinism in Genet's novels of the 1940s and fail to understand how Genet's erotic vision challenges and ultimately undoes the hierarchies and structures through which gender is usually constructed. Using recent feminist and gender theory - from Helene Cixous's notion of feminine writing to Judith Butler's theories of performative gender - to elucidate the fluctuations, oscillations, and reversals in Genet's representations of cross-dressing and homosexuality, the readings show how these representations in turn reveal those theories' limitations and encourage a re-invitation of Lacan's work on the veiled phallus." "The second half of the book turns to lesser-known texts dating from the late 1960s onward, and to the posthumously published Prisoner of Love, in order to contest Sartre's insistence on the nonpolitical nature of Genet's work. It examines Genet's writing on the Black Panthers and the Palestinians, highlighting his political engagement and support of these groups after May '68. It also traces the continuities from his earlier work linking, for example, the aesthetics of transvestism with the aesthetics of post-'68 revolutionary movements, and showing how revolutionary aesthetics, theatricality, and performance are now increasingly reconceptualized as explicitly political acts and related to the politics of "camp" developed in the earlier texts - but that Genet is nonetheless not without recognizing the importance of the material aspects of the struggle. In fact, he engages the two realms - the material and the performative - in a manner that recalls the dynamic relationship between essentialism and existentialism that pervades earlier representations of gender and the erotic."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gaitet, Pascale
Dewey number
848/.91209
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ2613.E53
LC item number
Z66 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homosexuality in literature
  • Revolutionaries in literature
  • Cross-dressers in literature
  • Genet, Jean
Label
Queens and revolutionaries : new readings of Jean Genet, Pascale Gaitet
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-163) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • To Sculpt a Stone
  • The Flower of Their Strength
  • The Shadow of a Gun
  • Bullets at the Milky Way
  • Conclusion: 1945/1968
Control code
50982320
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
171 pages
Isbn
9780874138269
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002152994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Queens and revolutionaries : new readings of Jean Genet, Pascale Gaitet
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-163) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • To Sculpt a Stone
  • The Flower of Their Strength
  • The Shadow of a Gun
  • Bullets at the Milky Way
  • Conclusion: 1945/1968
Control code
50982320
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
171 pages
Isbn
9780874138269
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002152994
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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