This study offers a reappraisal of the importance of Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) in contemporary critical debate, and examines the intricate parallels between his heretical dramaturgy and the heresies of ancient Gnosticism. It argues that the gnostic drama explored throughout Artaud's oeuvre presents an assault on the founding tenets of Western thought that is more thoroughgoing and powerful than that mounted by the post-structuralist critics who have adopted Artaud as an icon of failure and madness.
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Jane Goodall, Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Newcastle.Review:
`Goodall's reading of Artaud and those theorist which have tackled his work is both skilful and perceptive...this is a milestone in the study of Artuad and heresy. It is also a path-clearing exercise in the serious study of gnosticism and as such should be highly valued.'
Theatre Research International
`Jane Goodall has undertaken a scrupulous investigation of Artaudian gnosticism...It must...be praised for its stamina, and it is impossible to fault its conclusion that the writer who deemed himself `too surrealist' for the Surrealists was more heretical than many critical heretics of today.'
Modern Languages Review
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