Antonin Artaud by Stephen Barber Book Summary:
Antonin Artaud is one of the great cultural legends of the 20th century. His Theatre of Cruelty altered the course of modern theatre and his experiments with the Surrealist movement have proved inspirational throughout Europe and America. But Artaud's life was one of terrible failure and confrontation, an exploration of the extremes of agony and joy. At the end of a long series of journeys - both physical and spiritual - aimed at creating a magical culture of the human body, he was arrested and interned for nine years in a succession of French lunatic asylums, where he suffered starvation and was subjected to 50 electroshock treatments. This book is a faithful portrait of his life and work.
Antonin Artaud (Critical Lives) by David A. Shafer Book Summary:
Poet, actor, playwright, surrealist, drug addict, asylum inmate—Antonin Artaud (1896–1949) is one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic personalities and idiosyncratic thinkers. In this biography, David A. Shafer takes readers on a voyage through Artaud’s life, which he spent amid the company of France’s most influential cultural figures, even as he stood apart from them. Shafer casts Artaud as a person with tenacious values. Even though Artaud was born in the material comfort of a bourgeois family from Marseille, he uncompromisingly rejected bourgeois values and norms. Becoming famous as an actor, director, and author, he would use his position to challenge contemporary assumptions about the superiority of the West, the function of speech, the purpose of culture, and the individual’s agency over his or her body. In this way—as Shafer points out—Artaud embodied the revolutionary spirit of France. And as Shafer shows, although Artaud was immensely productive, he struggled profoundly with his creative process, hindered by narcotics addiction, increasing paranoia, and an overwhelming sense of alienation. Situating Artaud’s contributions within the frenzy of his life and that of the twentieth century at large, this book is a compelling and fresh biography that pays tribute to its subject’s lasting cultural reverberations.
Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings by Antonin Artaud Book Summary:
A revolutionary figure in the literary avant-garde of his time, Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) is now seen to be central to the development of post-modernism. His writings comprise verse, prose poems, film scenarios, a historical novel, plays, essays on film, theater, art, and literature, and many letters. Susan Sontag's selection conveys the genius of this singular writer.
Chasing Black Rainbows: A Novel About Antonin Artaud by Jeremy Reed Book Summary:
Reed here achieves a remarkable feat of imaginative empathy while exploring the mind of french avantgarde poet and playwright Antonin Artaud (1896-1948). A remarkable feat of imaginative empathy.... A tormented, emaciated, raving paranoid and diagnosed schizophrenic, Artaud emerges here also as an anarchic visionary who subverts bourgeois values through the power of his imagination. . . . A hypnotic exploration of madness and genius that articulates uncanny psychological insights.... Astonishing imagery."" - Publishers Weekly.
L'avant-scene - theatre n° 650 - la culotte, jean anouilh - un homme a la recherche d'antonin artaud, gerard tcherka by COLLECTIF Book Summary:
L'AVANT-SCÈNE THÉÂTRE N° 650 - mai 1979 - La culotte de Jean Anouilh, mise en scène de l'auteur et Roland Pietri, avec Jean-Pierre Marielle......- Texte intégral - *Chaque numéro de l'Avant-Scène Théâtre publie le texte intégral d'une pièce de théâtre à l'affiche (ou plus) avec indications scéniques - qu'accompagnent des photographies, interviews, portraits des auteurs, metteurs en scène et comédiens ainsi que des articles de fond
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