Philosopher-playwright Alain Jugnon's a body, in spite introduces this prolific French author to an English-speaking readership. The aphorisms that comprise this slight philosophy for actors are an inventoried body with and without its defenses. With incisive humor, Jugnon casts his intellect into the many-organed world, to draw from its semantic recesses a sort of divine putrescence. This work, written for the stage, and received as a presage, reads like an autobiography of Nietzsche's last laugh. This bilingual edition features an afterword by the translator.
"This book should be engaged by scholars willing to think about religion in and as theater, as well as philosophically inclined students of religion longing to play and think alongside Nietzsche and Artaud, with their delirious philosophizing and atheological rants. Jugnon's book represents a path--a wildly deliquescing path--for engaging the theater as a site of religious spectacle in a world forever reeling from the death of God."--Jeremy Biles "Wiley Online Library"