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Part I: Politics and aesthetics
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Jean Genet has long been regarded as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. This chapter aims to argue for Genet's influence, and focuses on the politics of his late theatre. It presents Genet as a revolutionary playwright by engaging with the uncompromising political readings that have started to emerge in Genet scholarship in France, the UK and the USA in the past decade. Genet's texts have been regarded as favoured sites for a politics based on theoretical notions of difference and différance, Rustom Bharucha and Marie Redonnet encourage us to locate his politics in history. The ideas of Marxian geographer Henri Lefebvre cast a different light on the politics of Genet's late plays. They imply that the political significance of his theatre is not limited to thematics alone, but rather resides in how it affects the audience, physically, in the heterotopic space of the auditorium.

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