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Jean Cocteau /
James S. Williams.
imprint
London : Reaktion, 2008.
description
253 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
186189354X (pbk.), 9781861893543 (pbk.)
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Book
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series title
imprint
London : Reaktion, 2008.
isbn
186189354X (pbk.)
9781861893543 (pbk.)
contents note
Introduction: The living artist and the posthumous work -- Paradise lived and lost -- Natural-born legend -- Prince in exile -- Russian lessons -- Cocteau's first wr -- The greatest battle -- Happy families -- Genius of France -- A child carrying a cane -- Annus mirabilis / Annus miserabilis -- Lost in the wilderness -- An ass bearing the Lord -- Miracle or simulacrum? -- Body and blood of a poet -- Tripping across the world -- Enter Apollo -- World war redux -- No man's land -- Club Santo-Sospir -- The long haul -- Jean Cocteau is dead, long live Cocteau!
catalogue key
6377657
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-250).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
James S. Williams is Professor of Modern French Literature and Film at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"[A] highly absorbing account of Cocteau's colorful, yet troubled life leaves the reader eager to (re)visit the work of one of the most fascinating artists of the twentieth century." French Studies
a highly absorbing account of Cocteau's colourful, yet troubled life leaves the reader eager to (re)visit the work of one of the most fascinating artists of the twentieth century.
"Another welcome addition to the still relatively limited critical literature on this important figure . . . this is an approachable and well-illustrated text, which will cause its readers to look at Cocteau in a new and more favorable light, and is an important contribution to the reassessment of the author that is currently under way." Modern Language Review
another welcome addition to the still relatively limited critical literature on this important figure . . . this is an approachable and well-illustrated text, which will cause its readers to look at Cocteau in a new and more favourable light, and is an important contribution to the reassessment of the author that is currently under way.
"Comprehensive and easily accessible . . . Williams painstakingly crafts a seminal study on the life and art of Jean Cocteau with a flair for language and a scholarly knowledge of his subject."
"Comprehensive and easily accessible . . . Williams painstakingly crafts a seminal study on the life and art of Jean Cocteau with a flair for language and a scholarly knowledge of his subject." Film Matters
"Comprehensive and easily accessible . . . Williams painstakingly crafts a seminal study on the life and art of Jean Cocteau with a flair for language and a scholarly knowledge of his subject."Film Matters
This sturdy, compact and fast-moving survey of Cocteau's life and work runs from his precocious false start as a poet in the style of Anna de Noailles, through his reinvention as a radical modernist after inspirational meetings with Diaghilev and Picasso, and the fulfilment of his new "life project" in his subsequent long career as a poet working in verse, prose, theatre, art and film . . . neatly illustrated and requires no knowledge of French
"This sturdy, compact and fast-moving survey of Cocteau's life and work runs from his precocious false start as a poet in the style of Anna de Noailles, through his reinvention as a radical modernist after inspirational meetings with Diaghilev and Picasso, and the fulfilment of his new 'life project' in his subsequent long career as a poet working in verse, prose, theatre, art and film . . . neatly illustrated and requires no knowledge of French." Forum for Modern Language Studies
"Well-written and well-paced . . . A good summation of Cocteau's significance as a gay artist."
Well-written and well-paced . . . A good summation of Cocteau's significance as a gay artist.
"Well-written and well-paced . . . A good summation of Cocteau''s significance as a gay artist."-- The Gay and Lesbian Review
"Well-written and well-paced . . . A good summation of Cocteau''s significance as a gay artist."--The Gay and Lesbian Review
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
A comprehensive, accessible account of French poet, artist, novelist, dramatist, designer and film-maker Jean Cocteau. James Williams for the first time evaluates Cocteau's life and work on equal and mutual terms, as well as providing an artistic and historical context.
Long Description
Despite Jean Cocteau's renown as a leading figure in European cinema, his work and life have rarely been examined together. Evaluating Cocteau's career and his fascinating personal life on equal terms, James Williams offers here a groundbreaking analysis that sets them both within highly revealing historical and artistic contexts. Williams's biographical investigation of this poet, dramatist, novelist, designer, and filmmaker centers around Cocteau's constant self-questioning and how it permeated his work. From Cocteau's work in fashion and photography to his formal experimentation to his extensive collaborations with male friends and lovers, the book charts the complex and unpredictable evolution of his work and aesthetic. Williams argues that Cocteau's body of work is best viewed as an ethical, erotic project of aesthetics that carries important ramifications for our contemporary understanding of being and subjectivity. An engaging and wholly accessible account, "Jean Cocteau" is essential reading for all those fascinated by the man and his unforgettable films.
Main Description
Despite Jean Cocteau's renown as a leading figure in European cinema, his work and life have rarely been examined together. Evaluating Cocteau's career and his fascinating personal life on equal terms, James Williams offers here a groundbreaking analysis that sets them both within highly revealing historical and artistic contexts. Williams's biographical investigation of this poet, dramatist, novelist, designer, and filmmaker centers around Cocteau's constant self-questioning and how it permeated his work. From Cocteau's work in fashion and photography to his formal experimentation to his extensive collaborations with male friends and lovers, the book charts the complex and unpredictable evolution of his work and aesthetic. Williams argues that Cocteau's body of work is best viewed as an ethical, erotic project of aesthetics that carries important ramifications for our contemporary understanding of being and subjectivity. An engaging and wholly accessible account,Jean Cocteauis essential reading for all those fascinated by the man and his unforgettable films.
Main Description
Despite Jean Cocteau's renown as a leading figure in European cinema, his work and life have rarely been examined together. Evaluating Cocteau's career and his fascinating personal life on equal terms, James Williams offers here a groundbreaking analysis that sets them both within highly revealing historical and artistic contexts. Williams's biographical investigation of this poet, dramatist, novelist, designer, and filmmaker centers around Cocteau's constant self-questioning and how it permeated his work. From Cocteau's work in fashion and photography to his formal experimentation to his extensive collaborations with male friends and lovers, the book charts the complex and unpredictable evolution of his work and aesthetic. Williams argues that Cocteau's body of work is best viewed as an ethical, erotic project of aesthetics that carries important ramifications for our contemporary understanding of being and subjectivity. An engaging and wholly accessible account, Jean Cocteau is essential reading for all those fascinated by the man and his unforgettable films.
Main Description
From the magical Beauty and the Beast to the surreal Orpheus films, Jean Cocteau is renowned as a leading figure in European cinema as well as a creative force collaborating with artists as diverse as Picasso, Diaghilev and Edith Piaf. Yet Cocteau’s work and life have rarely been examined together. Evaluating Cocteau’s career and his fascinating personal life on equal terms, James S. Williams offers here a groundbreaking analysis that sets them both within highly revealing historical and artistic contexts. James S. Williams’s biographical investigation of this poet, dramatist, novelist, designer, and filmmaker centres around Cocteau’s constant self-questioning and how it permeated his work. From Cocteau’s work in fashion and photography to his formal experimentation, to his extensive collaborations with male friends and lovers, the book charts the complex and unpredictable evolution of his work and aesthetic. Williams argues that Cocteau’s body of work is best viewed as an ethical, erotic project of aesthetics that carries important ramifications for our contemporary understanding of being and subjectivity. An engaging and wholly accessible account, Jean Cocteau is essential reading for all those fascinated by the man and his unforgettable work.
Title Summary
"From the haunting beauty of his Beauty and the Beast to the unforgettable images of the Orpheus trilogy, Jean Cocteau is renowned as a leading figure in European cinema as well as a unique creative force. His prodigious output in virtually every artistic field, including poetry, fiction, theatre, dance, painting, sculpture and fashion, made him a vital presence in French cultural life for much of the twentieth century. He collaborated with artists as diverse as Diaghilev, Picasso, Edith Piaf and Man Ray." "Yet Cocteau's complex body of work has rarely been examined on equal terms with his remarkable life, which was marked by public scandal, hard drugs and continual self-transformation, including even religious reconversion. In Jean Cocteau James S. Williams offers a groundbreaking analysis that sets both the life and work within highly revealing historical and artistic contexts. It centres around Cocteau's relentless self-questioning and how this propelled a dynamic process of formal experimentation, in particular through extensive collaboration with his male companions and lovers, such as Raymond Radiguet, Jean Marais and Edouard Dermit. Williams argues that Cocteau's 'multi-work' is best viewed as a radical project in gay modernism that carries important ramifications for our contemporary understanding of being and subjectivity." "An engaging and wholly accessible account, Jean Cocteau is essential reading for all those fascinated by the man and his extraordinary work."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Living Artist and the Posthumous Workp. 7
Paradise Lived and Lostp. 18
Natural-born Legendp. 25
Prince in Exilep. 34
Russian Lessonsp. 45
Cocteau's First Warp. 55
The Greatest Battlep. 67
Happy Familiesp. 75
Genius of Francep. 85
A Child Carrying a Canep. 94
Annus Mirabilis/Annus Miserabilisp. 104
Lost in the Wildernessp. 114
An Ass Bearing the Lordp. 123
Miracle or Simulacrum?p. 131
Body and Blood of a Poetp. 142
Tripping Across the Worldp. 153
Enter Apollop. 165
World War Reduxp. 176
No Man's Landp. 187
Club Santo-Sospirp. 201
The Long Haulp. 214
Jean Cocteau is Dead, Long Live Cocteau!p. 225
Referencesp. 239
Select Bibliographyp. 245
Acknowledgementsp. 251
Photo Acknowledgementsp. 253
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