Alfred Jarry | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Linda Klieger Stillman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Alfred Jarry.
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Critical Essay by Linda Klieger Stillman

SOURCE: Stillman, Linda Klieger. “Machinations of Celibacy and Desire.” L'Esprit Créateur 24, no. 4 (winter 1984): 20-35.

In the following historically-grounded essay, Stillman examines Jarry's work, especially Le Sûrmale, in the context of the rapidly developing technology at the turn of the century and discusses the ways in which Marcueil, the automaton-like bicycling hero of Le Sûrmale, is machine-like in both love-making and athletics, she notes that Jarry “invented” a “time machine” and a “machine to inspire love,” which caused a stir in the art world of the late nineteenth century.

Machines, and technology in general, have been systematically associated with human progress and with predictions of life in the future. From the late eighteenth century...

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