Genet our contemporary
in The politics of Jean Genet’s late theatre
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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book attempts to trace the utopian arc. Jean Genet's commitment, as argued in the book, is to a deterritorialised world, to a utopos. The book addresses Genet's contemporary political significance by looking at his key influence on modern directors in Spain, the USA and UK. The decidedly spatial aspect of this textual practice confirms the relationship existing between Genet's late theatre and his post-1968 political commitment. Despite a brief moment of hope from the late 1960s through to the mid-1970s, racism simply took new forms and migrated en masse from the global South to the global North. That Genet himself realised this is apparent in his commitment to armed insurrection in the 1970s, and in the equivocal but inescapable melancholy that haunts his last book, Prisoner of Love.


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