In this article, I argue that Sartre’s biography of Jean Genet, Saint
Genet Actor and Martyr, can serve as an instrument of liberation for
pariahs living today. Like Sartre, I define the word “pariah” to mean
people who have suffered trauma in their lives and who are internally
and socially oppressed as a consequence. Saint Genet’s power to free
us arises paradoxically out of the conservative aspects for which it has
been criticized in the last few years.