Jean Genet and the Psychology of Colonialism


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Interpretations of Genet's plays have concentrated upon their psychopathology, their inversion of conventional moral standards, and their dramatic form, which consists in great measure of following that inversion to its logical conclusion. These are the constants in his work. For each of his plays, however, Genet seeks a different social situation, a situation which fosters the pathological. Perhaps one might even say that the relative success of his plays depends upon the strength of the social corollary he can find for his own pathological views.

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