To Escape the World at Last: Prisoner of Love
How does literature give an account of historical events and struggles? In our world where we are constantly bombarded by images and television broadcasts of "breaking news," what could a fictional work such as Genet's The Prisoner of Love, dedicated to the Palestinians and to the Palestinian cause, add? In this particular work presented by its author as a "testimony that is as much true as a novel," Genet questions our fixed categories of reality and fiction, of true and false representations, and ponders on the flatness of the two dimensional image, powerless to represent the smell of death.
In his posthumously published memoirs, Genet searches desperately for another language, another kind of grammar, close to what Cixous and Irigaray described as feminine writing and ethics, an idiom open to the Other and to difference.
Keywords: feminine writing, feminine ethics, Cixous, Irigaray
Dr. Vassiliki Flenga
Associate Professor of French and Literature, American and International Studies, Ramapo College of New Jersey
As a specialist of 20th century French literature and literary theory, she has published on contemporary literary figures such as Camus, Ionesco, Duras and Genet. In her work, she explores the intricate relationship between literary theory and literary practice. Current research and publications focus on the works of Jean Genet.
At Ramapo College, she teaches all levels of French language and literature, Literary Theory and Criticism, Modem Novel in France, Existentialism, Black Odyssey and Post-Modernism (Literature Seminar).