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.
Natascha H. Lancaster
Keith Reader, Reidar Due, and Natascha H. Lancaster
Bernard-Henri Lévy, Le Siècle de Sartre, Paris: Grasset, 2000, 663 pp. 148 FF. ISBN 2- 246-59221-6 Review by Keith Reader
Lendemains: ‘Cinquante ans après Le Deuxième Sexe: Beauvoir en débats’ 24. Jahrgang, 1999, 94. ISBN 3-86057-964-9 Review by Reidar Due
James Giles, ed., French Existentialism; Consciousness, Ethics and Relations with Others, Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi, 1999, 219 pp. £19.50 Review by Natascha H. Lancaster