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

By John C. Stout

ISBN-10: 0889202494

ISBN-13: 9780889202498

so much readers be aware of 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 crucial to Artaud’s paintings: the self-portrait and the kin romance. He exhibits how Artaud, in numerous vital yet fairly ignored texts, rewrites the lifestyles tales of ancient and literary figures with whom he identifies (for instance, Paolo Ucello, Abelard, Van Gogh and Shelley’s Francesco Cenci) in an try and reinvent himself during the snapshot, or existence, of one other. during the booklet Stout focusses on Artaud’s struggles to get better the feel of self that eludes him and to grasp the reproductive approach by means of recreating the relatives in — and as — his personal fantasies of it. With this learn John C. Stout has further significantly to our figuring out of Artaud.

His publication could be a lot preferred via theatre students, Artaud experts, Freudians, Lacanians and either theorists and practitioners of existence writing.

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48 He spoke of the portrait de Boschere was planning to paint of him as a matter of life and death. 49 His praise for the finished portrait highlights its restorative value for him: Jean de Boschere m'a fait. Je veux dire qu'il m'a montre combien lui et moi nous nous ressemblions et combien nous etions proches, et cette preuve au moment ou je suis m'est plus precieuse que tout le reste. 50 (Emphasis added) Artaud credits de Boschere with restoring the unified, integrated mental life from which he had been damagingly separated.

Schwob's "Paolo Uccello, peintre" begins with a play on the proper name. " 27 piece. This close relationship between name and text heightens the reader's impression of the lives as portraits in a gallery. The proper name creates a sort of frame for the Vies imaginaires through which the work as a whole must be understood. Despite its apparent unifying function, the proper name in Schwob's text becomes a vehicle of irony and instability. In most of the portraits, the proper name is first perceived as a sign representing the person being portrayed; as the character's life finally fulfills the fate promised in the name (for example, as "Erostrate, incendiaire" becomes an arsonist), an ironic separation from the name generally occurs.

In fact, the name seems to mock the painter's eccentric preoccupation with images of birds. ") to that of the imaginary. The referential world is replaced by an unreal substitute. This move is crucial to Artaud's interpretation of Uccello's life. The meaning of "Paul les Oiseaux, ou la place de Pamour" depends on the outcome of Uccello's attempt to have the imagination supersede reality. The change in names alerts the reader to discrepancies between the manifest and the hidden. Schwob presents Uccello as entirely absorbed in experimentation with abstract form, with line and shape.

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