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 e-book offers a radical research of the way 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 approach fight with coming to phrases with Artaud. A key thought in Lacanian psychoanalytic theories, hope lies on the root of the Theatre of Cruelty; Kane and Beckett turn out that hope and cruelty are inextricably associated with each other, yet that they seem in substantially diversified disguises. hoping on Kane and Beckett, this ebook not just sheds a mild at the special intentions in the back of Artaud's undertaking, it additionally maps out the structural parallels and dichotomies among the Theatre of Cruelty and the literary style of tragedy. instantly after the premier 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 completely in accordance with the abundance of actual violence on degree. based on those assertions, this booklet lines minutely Artaud's legacy for later generations. using Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytical rules as a theoretical framework, De Vos defines Artaud's venture no longer quite a bit by way of 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 consciousness to by means of Derrida. moreover, the assumption of the scapegoat delineated via RenZ Girard presents a leg-up to explain 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 largely handled during this learn, and indicate the improvement Kane went via in her brief yet even as 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 can be of use to somebody attracted to modern theater or within the box of psychoanalysis made appropriate within the arts.

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