© 2014

Antonin Artaud

The Scum of the Soul


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature book series (PMEL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Ros Murray
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ros Murray
    Pages 10-35
  4. Ros Murray
    Pages 36-57
  5. Ros Murray
    Pages 58-86
  6. Ros Murray
    Pages 87-116
  7. Ros Murray
    Pages 117-139
  8. Ros Murray
    Pages 140-162
  9. Ros Murray
    Pages 163-166
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 167-190

About this book


This book serves as analysis of the aesthetics of materiality in the multifaceted work of Antonin Artaud, one of Twentieth-Century France's most provocative and influential figures, spanning literature, performance, art, cinema, media and critical theory.


Antonin Artaud Materialism aesthetics art bibliography body cinema corpus English literature France literature media performance theatre

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queen Mary University of LondonUK

About the authors

Dr. Ros Murray is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the department of Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, UK.

Bibliographic information


'Ros Murray's engaging book offers an excellent survey across significant aspects of Antonin Artaud's ouevre, and outlines a clear set of principles that underpinned his creative energies. Starting with the premise that Artaud's work attempted to locate the origins of thought in the body, and considering the implications of this for his art, Murray seeks to put different disciplinary approaches and perspectives in dialogue as she approaches his output in various media. With an eye always on how the body and the text interact, Artaud's relationship with language is scrutinised, giving the reader a useful set of approaches to his activities that contextualises, clarifies and facilitates our continued engagement with that varied, challenging and expressive body of work.' - Mark Taylor-Batty, University of Leeds, UK