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.