Jean-Paul Sartre

Politics and Culture in Postwar France

  • Michael Scriven

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Initial Thoughts

    1. Michael Scriven
      Pages 1-4
  3. Sartre’s Revolutionary Politics

  4. Sartre’s Cultural Politics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Michael Scriven
      Pages 113-132
    3. Michael Scriven
      Pages 133-151
  5. Postscript: A Final Word on Sartre

    1. Michael Scriven
      Pages 153-153
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 155-193

About this book


This book offers an assessment of Sartre as an exemplary figure in the evolving political and cultural landscape of post-1945 France. Sartre's originality is located in the tense relationship that he maintained between deeply held revolutionary political beliefs and a residual yet critical attachment to traditional forms of cultural expression. A series of case-studies centred on Gaullism, communism, Maoism (Part 1), the theatre, art criticism and the media (Part 2), illustrate the continuing relevance and appeal of Sartre to the contemporary world.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Scriven
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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