Alfred Jarry

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  • Ben Fisher (Bangor University)

Alfred Jarry is famous above all for the monstrous character of Père Ubu, and the play Ubu Roi [King Ubu], whose controversial staging in Paris in 1896 is a widely recognised landmark in theatrical history. Jarry is also well known for the invention of the pseudo-science of Pataphysics, through which he spawned a branch of alternative philosophy and artistic appreciation. His work is extensive for such a short career, and is highly varied in character and accessibility. His self-destructive lifestyle and recklessness with firearms mark him out as one of the most memorable bohemian figures of the Parisian Belle Epoque, but also mask an erudite if maverick intellect. He would serve a…

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Citation:
Fisher, Ben. "Alfred Jarry". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 June 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5785, accessed 23 April 2014.]

Articles on Jarry's works

  1. Ubu Roi [King Ubu Ubu Rex]

Related Groups

  1. Experiment and Avant-Gardes