From Saint Genesius to Kean: Actors, Martyrs, and Metatheater

March 2009
Comparative Drama;Spring2009, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p19
Academic Journal
The article explores the concept of metatheater, or self-referential theater which relies on devices such as the use of a play within a play. It notes that metatheater was most prevalent during the European Baroque and modern eras. Particular focus is given to portrayals of Saint Genesius, the patron saint of actors, in the metatheatrical works "Le véritable Saint Genest," by Jean Rotrou and "Kean," by Jean-Paul Sartre. The two plays are compared in an examination of the development and uses of metatheater in the 17th and 20th centuries.


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