Jean Genet Long Fiction Analysis
The elements out of which Jean Genet contrived his vision of that haunting and monstrous “other” world, which lies carefully concealed beneath the controlled and rational surface of everydayness, all belong to previously accredited literary traditions; nevertheless, the balance, and consequently the overall impact, is new. The components can be analyzed as follows.
The confession: Both Our Lady of the Flowers and Miracle of the Rose, at least as much as The Thief’s Journal, are basically autobiographical and, in their original (perhaps subconscious) intention, would seem to have been inspired by a desire to escape—to escape from the intolerable degradations of...
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