Journal of Romance Studies

Limelight

Journal of Romance Studies (2006), 6, (1-2), 221–233.

Abstract

Just as Sartre leaves out poetry from his theory of ‘engaged literature’ in Qu’est-ce que la littérature?, he also leaves out theatre. In the Sartrean view, theatrical language cannot be ‘engaged’ because no statement on stage can be considered as an action – the paradoxical status of theatrical language is that it is, in all circumstances, only a pretended action, literally a form of make-believe. This essay discusses Sartre’s aesthetics of theatre, focusing both on his theoretical statements and his own dramaturgy.

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Hollier, Denis