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 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 suggestion in Lacanian psychoanalytic theories, wish 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 extensively diverse disguises. counting on Kane and Beckett, this publication not just sheds a mild at the unique intentions in 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 ultimate of Sarah Kane's Blasted in 1995, a few reviewers made a hyperlink with Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty. those parallels, even though, have been exclusively according to the abundance of actual violence on degree. based on those assertions, this booklet strains minutely Artaud's legacy for later generations. using Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytical rules as a theoretical framework, De Vos defines Artaud's undertaking now not loads by way of blood and goriness, yet fairly as a theater of ardour, revolving round notions as hope, love and the subjectile, an idea that was once drawn recognition to via Derrida. additionally, the belief 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 broadly handled during this research, and indicate the advance Kane went via in her brief yet while 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 e-book might be of use to a person drawn to modern theater or within the box of psychoanalysis made appropriate within the arts.

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