During the last eighteen years of his life (1968-1986) Genet was preoccupied with the struggles of the disenfranchised and displaced, among them, the Black Panthers in the US, the Red Army Fraktion (Baader-Meinhof) in Germany, the Palestinians in the Middle East, and emigrants all over the world.
Hadrien Laroche's talk will provide snapshots of the acts and thoughts of those various political movements during the 1970's and the 80's and of Genet's own experience and writings of this period, and describe the adventures of a writer engaged in the "real world" as opposed to the world of letters, or, as Genet called it "the grammatical world."
Born in Paris in 1963, Hadrien Laroche is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure. He completed his doctorate in philosophy under Jacques Derrida in 1996 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS); Jacques Derrida considered Laroche, his last doctoral student, as “one of the most talented and original thinkers of his generation.” He has published essays on Jean Genet, Paul Cézanne, Marcel Duchamp (“La machine à signatures,” Inculte #18, 2009) and novels—Les Orphelins (Paris: Allia/J’ai Lu, 2005), Les Heretiques (Paris: Flammarion, 2006) and La Restitution (Paris: Flammarion, 2009)—which have placed Laroche at the forefront of contemporary French writing. His past and ongoing work is devoted to the concept and experience of “man orphaned of his humanity.”