Cruelty and Desire in the Modern Theater: Antonin Artaud, by Laurens De Vos

By Laurens De Vos

Departing from a clean examine the information of Antonin Artaud, this ebook offers an intensive research of ways either Sarah Kane and Samuel Beckett are indebted to his legacy. In juxtaposing those playwrights, De Vos minutely issues out how either of their personal manner fight with coming to phrases with Artaud. A key inspiration in Lacanian psychoanalytic theories, wish lies on the root of the Theatre of Cruelty; Kane and Beckett end up that wish and cruelty are inextricably associated with each other, yet that they seem in extensively diverse disguises. counting on Kane and Beckett, this booklet not just sheds a gentle at the targeted intentions at the back of Artaud's venture, it additionally maps out the structural parallels and dichotomies among the Theatre of Cruelty and the literary style of tragedy. instantly after the most advantageous of Sarah Kane's Blasted in 1995, a few reviewers made a hyperlink with Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. those parallels, even if, have been exclusively in accordance with the abundance of actual violence on degree. in accordance with those assertions, this e-book lines minutely Artaud's legacy for later generations. employing Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytical rules as a theoretical framework, De Vos defines Artaud's undertaking now not lots when it comes to blood and goriness, yet particularly as a theater of ardour, revolving round notions as wish, love and the subjectile, an idea that used to be drawn cognizance to by way of Derrida. moreover, the assumption of the scapegoat delineated through Rene Girard presents a leg-up to elucidate the intrinsic parallels in addition to divergences among the Theatre of Cruelty and tragedy, whereas additionally Lacan's research of Antigone is being checked out. Phaedra's Love, Cleansed and 4.48 Psychosis are widely handled during this research, and indicate the advance Kane went via in her brief yet whilst lengthy trajectory. The 3rd half on Beckett focuses totally on Krapp's final Tape and never I, and both so calls in Lacan to appreciate self-alienation and self-conceptualization in its relation to Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. This ebook might be of use to somebody drawn to modern theater or within the box of psychoanalysis made appropriate within the arts.

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Free, I saw—realizing connections in the text, understanding, too, where it succeeded and where it did not. My critical faculties were running at high speed and with great efficiency. ”47 That, I reckon, is what Eliot practiced, reading Lancelot Andrewes and taking to heart how the Divine wrote. If a writer like Andrewes, and Eliot, “takes a word and derives the world from it, squeezing and squeezing the word until it yields a full juice of meaning which we should never have supposed any word to possess,” the reader, who comes second, offering at best a later response, analyzes that juice, breaking it down into its component parts, under the powerful lens of his or her trained and experienced—thus sharpened and refined—eye, identifying its own procedure.

Reason takes us that way, and so does the poem. Its reiterated and central contention is that we rely on God, His Word, the Scripture itself, for “God wou’d not leave Mankind without a way” (296, Dryden’s italics signaling the idea’s importance). As you read Religio Laici, you encounter argument after argument that literally takes you (up) to God for the end of your search, the resolution to your qualms, queries, and concerns. That point is, however, not interpreted—as Davis would presumably argue, given his sense of purpose as immanent.

The story of the three brothers, in the religious allegory, entails a battle of wills: the will-fulness of both readers and text; in like manner, the so-called digressions focus on reading and the abuses to which it is subject. ” Atkins, G. Douglas. Swift’s Satires on Modernism: Battlegrounds of Reading and Writing. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 1057/9781137311047. 1057/9781137311047 The Priesthood of All Readers 23 Reading lies at the heart of the Reformation. The printing press had perhaps begun—at least it fueled—the process of accommodation, access, and democratization.

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