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Unfinished Business

Tracing Incompletion in Jean Genet’s Posthumously Published Plays

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Brian Gordon Kennelly

This is the first study systematically to appraise Splendid's, «Elle», and Le Bagne, the three plays by Jean Genet published after his death, both in the context of the dramatist's dramatic canon and with respect to one another. After showing that their unusual publishing history necessarily sets these works apart from Haute surveillance, Les Bonnes, Le Balcon, Les Nègres, and Les Paravents, it argues that from Splendid's to Le Bagne, the question of incompletion is 'exteriorized' — moving from a purely thematic to an increasingly formal context — and that the status of each posthumously published work differs: Splendid's is a 'completed' play, thematizing incompletion; «Elle», with its seemingly incomplete form having thematic currency, is a 'properly unfinished' play; and as the intentionally 'fragmentary', purposefully suspended 'beginning' of a play, Le Bagne is shaped by incompletion.

Machiavelli

Figure-Reputation

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Edited by Joep Leerssen and Menno Spiering

The Savage Eye / L'Oeil Fauve

A Collection of Critical Essays on Samuel Beckett’s Film and Television Plays

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Edited by Catharina Wulf

Beckett in the 1990s

Selected papers from the Second International Beckett Symposium held in The Hague, 8-12 April, 1992

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Edited by Marius Buning and Lois Oppenheim

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Edited by Marius Buning, Sjef Houppermans and Danièle de Ruyter-Tognotti

The Songs attributed to Andrieu contredit D'Arras

With a Translation into English and the Extant Melodies. Melodies edited by Hendrik van der Werf

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Edited by Deborah Hubbard Nelson

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Edited by Françoise van Rossum-Guyon

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Sylvie Debevec Henning