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Rough Trade

Frank Lentricchia and Jody McAuliffe

in Crimes of Art + Terror

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780226472058
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226472089 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226472089.003.0006
Rough Trade

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This chapter analyzes the works of Jean Genet and Frederick Douglass. Both assumed voices that did not belong to them by birth, and they perfected the language of the oppressors that they at once imitated and reinvented. Genet, the formal playwright; Douglass, not a playwright, who is heavily invested in dramatic presentation, theatricality, and ritualized consciousness of his life as a slave, the story of which, at its most gripping, rises from nonfiction to art. One went on to become an incendiary writer, and a spokesman for oppressed people; the other went on to become an incendiary writer, and a spokesman for oppressed people.

Keywords: Jean Genet; Frederick Douglass; playwrights; slave; writers

Chapter.  7001 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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