Declared Enemy: Texts and Interviews

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This posthumous work brings together articles, interviews, statements, prefaces, manifestos, and speeches dating from 1964 to 1985 (just before Genet's death in 1986). These texts bear witness to the many political causes and groups with which Genet felt an affinity, including May ’68 and the treatment of immigrants in France, but especially the Black Panthers and the Palestinians. We follow him from the Chicago Democratic Convention (where he met William Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg) to Yale University, where he...
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Overview


This posthumous work brings together articles, interviews, statements, prefaces, manifestos, and speeches dating from 1964 to 1985 (just before Genet's death in 1986). These texts bear witness to the many political causes and groups with which Genet felt an affinity, including May ’68 and the treatment of immigrants in France, but especially the Black Panthers and the Palestinians. We follow him from the Chicago Democratic Convention (where he met William Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg) to Yale University, where he gave the famous May Day Speech in support of the Black Panthers, to Jordan and the Palestinian camps. Along the way, Genet finds allies (George Jackson, Angela Davis, Leyla Shahid, Tahar Ben Jelloun). And, of course, enemies.
Between passionate enmity and passionate affinity, Genet speaks for a politics of protest, with an uncompromising outrage that, today, might seem on the verge of being forgotten.
The texts are accompanied by detailed editorial notes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804729468
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Series: Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 984,459
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean Genet (1910-1986), poet, novelist, playwright, and political essayist, was one of the most significant French writers of the twentieth century. His work, much of it considered scandalous when it first appeared, is now placed among the classics of modern literature and has been translated and performed throughout the world.
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Table of Contents

Preface
"J. G. Seeks ..." 1
1 Interview with Madeleine Gobeil 2
2 Lenin's Mistresses 18
3 The Shepherds of Disorder 21
4 Yet Another Effort, Frenchman! 25
5 "It Seems Indecent for Me to Speak of Myself ..." 28
6 Letter to American Intellectuals 30
7 May Day Speech 34
8 Interview with Michele Manceaux 42
9 Introduction to Soledad Brother 49
10 Angela and Her Brothers 56
11 Angela Davis Is in Your Clutches 65
12 For George Jackson 66
13 The Palestinians 71
14 The Red and the Black 81
15 After the Assassination 85
16 American Is Afraid 89
17 Preface to L'Assassinat de George Jackson 91
18 Meeting the Guarani 98
19 On Two or Three Books No One Has Ever Talked About 100
20 When "the Worst Is Always Certain" 104
21 Dying Under Giscard d'Estaing 107
22 And Why Not a Fool in Suspenders? 112
23 The Women of Jebel Hussein 116
24 Interview with Hubert Fichte 118
25 Near Ajloun 152
26 The Tenacity of American Blacks 159
27 Chartres Cathedral 164
28 Violence and Brutality 171
29 Interview with Tahar Ben Jelloun 178
30 The Brothers Karamazov 182
31 Interview with Antoine Bourseiller 186
32 Interview with Bertrand Poirot-Delpech 194
33 Four Hours in Shatila 208
34 Registration No. 1155 229
35 Interview with Rudiger Wischenbart and Layla Shahid Barrada 232
36 Interview with Nigel Williams 257
App. 1 The Members of the Assembly 267
App. 2 A Salute to a Hundred Thousand Stars 276
Chronology 283
Notes 287
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