Autogeneous Engenderment: Antonin Artaud's Phonetic Body

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241279 | DOI:
Autogeneous Engenderment: Antonin Artaud's Phonetic Body

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The powerful theme of self-reflection, so present in modern and contemporary literature—the self-reflexivity of the text—takes shape in the form of a scene in which writing unbinds all its moorings in anything other than itself, while at the same time ceaselessly deferring its own and all other beginnings. Artaud's “The Theater and the Plague” stages this primal scene of writing in a reflection on the way in which this buried scene becomes audibly manifest in the exclusively verbal body of the writing subject. The complex story told by Antonin at the beginning of his “The Theater and the Plague”, which, as an indirect discourse offers itself to a reading in light of a theoretical problem: the relation of the writing subject to the written subject, of the subject of enunciation and the subject of the statement.

Keywords: self-reflection; contemporary literature; The Theater and the Plague; writing subject; written subject

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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