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This paper investigates the major catastrophes that beset Antonin Artaud in his final years – his mental breakdown in Dublin, his incarceration in the psychiatric hospital at Rodez, and the suppression of his final radio work just before his death. Just as Artaud incorporated many aspects of his linguistic pathology into his last writings, he also used the breakdown of communication as a literary strategy of resistance, indeed repulsion, which radically transformed French poetry and poetics. This event is co-sponsored with Stanford's Department of Art & Art History, and is a two part event series with Allen S. Weiss.
ABOUT ALLEN S WEISS | Allen S. Weiss is the author and editor of over forty books in the fields of performance theory, landscape architecture, gastronomy, sound art and experimental theater, including Phantasmic Radio (Duke); Breathless: Sound Recording, Disembodiment, and the Transformation of Lyrical Nostalgia (Wesleyan); Varieties of Audio Mimesis (Errant Bodies); a novel, Le Livre bouffon (Le Seuil); and a gastronomic autobiography, Métaphysique de la miette (Argol). He directed Theater of the Ears (a play for electronic marionette and taped voice based on the writings of Valère Novarina) and Danse Macabre (a marionette theater for the dolls of Michel Nedjar). He teaches in the Departments of Performance Studies and Cinema Studies at New York University (Photo Credit: Chantal Thomas)
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