French Literature of Existentialism - Lecture 17 - 11.20.13 - The Balcony Start out with the first box first frame Which happens inside the studios

French Literature of Existentialism - Lecture 17 - 11.20.13...

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The Balcony Start out with the first box first frame Which happens inside the studios Brothel also referred to as the house of illusions First thing think about is this within this space where people go to play out their fantasies not only suign images but reflecting on the nature of their images and social function Difference between those two Strange languages in being versus function Key question here is what is it exactly that the people who come to this brothel come to do with images They take images The image of a general Image of a judge Procreate that image and give that image a different fate One of the key elements, key conflicts is the whole question of the chief police will have an image at all and fi people want to play with it Focus on judge for now Gives us the clearest articulation of what the fantasy work that people do on these images Really want to underscore this the criticisms of this play mostly talks about what the people want to do they want to identify with the images that they assume The judge just wants to be a judge But if you look right away it’s more complicated than that We don’t’ start out with anyone judging We start out with someone pretending to be judge doing something Licking the feet, begging her be judged by him Clearly what’s going on with image is more than just simply identification Come back to that but first get at the image of the judge itself How it’s articulated within the scene Before we deal with this perverse humiliation Perverse debasement On page 15 Just to look at a description of what the judge does when judging “look here if you’re to be model thief…..my executioner…bond together… therefore he must strike…my authority…guilt…beat you” Whole little fantasy scenario constructed Not just being someone but being someone in a relation in a set of relation Relation, judge, thief, execution Fantasy relation being play out in front of us Being the one with authority commanding us to beat the third person To demand a confession from that person Part of the fantasy involves Two things involved Casting judging onto someone else
Punishing someone else That involves not just doing the act but the pleasure in playing/elaborating You want the person to refuse to be judged at first You want them to resist Otherwise you don’t have the pleasure of beating them Nonono don’t confess so soon! The scenario calls for you to not confess to be evasive that way we can interrogate you, beat you Playing out of the role Requires this relationships which involves resistance Unlike Sartre who wrote a huge book on Jeanne but before the balcony it’s great book but prof thinks it’s mainly wrong You can see where here a lot of this comes out of Genet’s biography Genet was an abandoned child

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