Discussion of themes and motifs in Jean Genet’s Deathwatch. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of Deathwatch so you can excel on. Dive deep into Jean Genet’s Deathwatch with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. The Maids & Deathwatch has ratings and 44 reviews. The two plays featured in this volume represent Genet’s first attempts to analyze the mores of a .

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Related News Prison Time! Genet is one of the great voices in literature and everything else. The Voyage Home Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. I suspect Sartre felt the same way; in his introduction, he only mentions it in passing, by way of drawing out some element of The Maids. Would this hazy, smoke-filled arena, illuminated by an intricate lighting system overhead, have appealed to him as the setting of his prison-based drama, Haute Surveillance?

Leave a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. What would he have thought of the enormous cage in the centre of the stage, the string of bulbs and the red curtain resembling a circus or a wrestling ring?


What Would Genet Think?: Deathwatch at the Print Room

May 30, MM rated it liked it. Jul 03, Karlo Mikhail rated it really liked it. Anyone who’s played servant for any length of time will immediately get why the plan to off the mistress is sound, even before we’ve met her royal highness. A pretty good selection of plays brought to us by Paul? A classic – looking at it for Madshag over the weekend, so I revisited it this week.

Aug 18, Paul rated it it was ok Shelves: Genet is brilliant, what can I say.

I don’t know why I always subject myself to re-reading “Deathwatch” when I pull this collection off the shelf. I’m just not impressed.

I think Genet is making points about levels of power in master-servant relationships, also in husband-wives relationships, but the play is disturbing and visceral enough that those points get subsumed in a horror film.

Retrieved from ” https: But what does this mean for the rest of us? Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video. I understand it and can appreciate it, but I don’t particularly enjoy it, I would probably never choose to teach it, and I would probably be fine if I never read it again or saw it performed.


Genet was gay, wrote about it, and apparently his work was banned in many countries because of it.

But neither realizes the lengths to which they will go to gain respect or that, in the end, nothing they can do–including murder–will get them what they are searching for. You watch us struggle and you’re envious.

Deathwatch review – Genet’s clammily powerful prison struggle

Was this review helpful to you? My most recent synchronicity happened last Friday, which was, you may remember, 15 th April Want to Read saving…. Jul 19, Yooperprof rated it liked it Shelves: Jean Genet, sitting in the auditorium on the thirtieth anniversary of his death, would have suffered through the performance, and not simply because the production fails to abide by his bizarre directions, not simply as a result of the indecision written into the text itself.

The Creative Writing Student: I did actually see a teleplay version of The Maids a while back, without really knowing much about Genet, his work, or the characteristics of his theatre.