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date: 28 September 2020

Genet, Jean 

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

(1910–86)French playwright associated with the theatre of the *absurd. After the troubled early life of an orphan, spent in reformatories and as an itinerant and petty criminal, Genet's literary career began while in prison, where he wrote novels in a homoerotic and poetic language, focusing on themes of crime, homosexuality, and the marginalized in society. His subsequent plays present life as a series of transactions between masters and servants; the drama resides in the tensions between images of self and the fragility of their construction. ... ...

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