By Adrian Morfee
Antonin Artaud (1896-1948), possibly top referred to as a dramatic theorist, is a crucial yet super tricky author. This ebook experiences the advance of his pondering, from the early texts of the Nineteen Twenties via to the acclaimed yet lesser identified Forties writings, on such concerns because the physique, theology, language, id and the hunt for an elusive and unsayable self-presence, after which makes use of this as a framework during which to learn his overdue texts. New cognizance is paid to the procedures wherein his texts generate meanings, the logics that carry those meanings jointly, and the inner contradictions of the overdue poetry. this permits a brand new photo to emerge that debts for the coherent if unequal improvement of his rules in addition to the force in the direction of systematization to be present in even his such a lot opaque writings. by means of returning to the texts and concentrating on the categorical phrases of Artaud's writing, in addition to their gleeful resourcefulness and ludicity, it truly is argued that Artaud has to be thought of now not as a contestatory psychotic yet as a author of the 1st magnitude.
Accessible to either student and newcomer, this illuminating and unique examine will refocus severe notion on either the advance of Artaud's considering and the importance of his oft-neglected later paintings.
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it's at the level that the union of suggestion, gesture and motion is reconstructed. And the double of the Theatre is fact untouched by way of the lads of today.
Artaud, Letter to Jean Paulhan.
25th January, 1936.
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Extra info for Antonin Artaud's Writing Bodies (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs)
It is a theorizing of suggestion, not of deWnition, and the object in whose name this theorizing is covertly undertaken is absent from his texts. Whether it be his early desire for a language that might enable self-presence, a theatre of metaphysical immediacy in his middle period, or the performative, dynamic identity he lays claim to in his Wnal writings, he is always gesturing towards something he cannot quite state. The structures of his theorizing are grandiose constructs that do not hold their unobtainable desires.
The phenomenon that has inspired this intellectual and literary adventure is invisible: it is pre-text. Artaud’s early texts are haunted by a shadow of absence: ‘Je parle moi de l’absence de trou, d’une sorte de souVrance froide et sans images, sans sentiments, et qui est comme un heurt indescriptible d’avortements’ (i*. 69) where the echoes of a cliche´d decadent melancholy further desubstantialize any putative extra-literary referent. Thought, then, is doubly absent, since both thought and its loss are unknowable.
Je me Xattais de vous apporter un cas, un cas mental caracte´rise´, et [ . . ] attirer votre attention sur la valeur re´elle, la valeur initiale de ma 1 Nietzsche, The Will to Power, para. 482. Correspondance avec Jacques Rivie`re was not Artaud’s Wrst publication. Prior to this were a collection of poems in rhyming stanzas, Tric-Trac du ciel (1923), and two copies of a slender review penned entirely by Artaud, Bilboquet (1923), standing midway between traditional rhyming stanzas and the self-analytic poetic fragments developed to the fullness of their power during his alliance with Surrealism.
Antonin Artaud's Writing Bodies (Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs) by Adrian Morfee