Jean-Paul Sartre

Philosopher, Author

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the leading figures in 20th century French philosophy, existentialism, and Marxism, and his work continues to influence fields such as Marxist philosophy, sociology and literary studies.

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  • The first voluntary step Genet makes is his decision to become what other people accuse him of being. Sartre’s memorable formula is: ‘I decided to be what crime made of me.’29 For Genet the verb ‘to be’ is transitive. It takes an object, it makes something change. When Our Lady or Querelle murders someone their very nature is changed. Like a bride who changes her name, her status, her very being by the act of marrying, the criminal becomes someone entirely different, a murderer, by committing a simple act. In Sartre’s reading Genet then chooses to be a homosexual, to compound and confirm his outcast position as thief. Sartre thinks that homosexuality is an emblem of Genet’s inverted view of the world and of his thief’s vulnerability to being nabbed from behind.

    Edmund WhiteGenet

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