2 October 2012
Genet’s Le Miracle de la Rose was first published in 1951. The book is an imaginative portrayal of his life in Mettray, the young people’s prison colony – a former monastery. Foucault presented his brief ideas about heterotopia in 1966/7 – these different spaces included cemeteries, Jesuit colonies, ships, prisons, gardens and brothels. Ripley (2006) has convincingly argued that Mettray is almost a composite picture of heterotopia, as the prison colony grounds enclosed gardens, a cemetery, a replica ship and so on. Genet died in 1986 and is buried in a Spanish cemetery in Larache, Morocco. The cemetery overlooks the ocean and passing ships, with an abandoned prison and a former brothel on either side (see White, 1993). …
Genet, J. (1965) Miracle of the Rose, translated B. Frechtman, London: Anthony Blond.
Ripley, C. (2006) ‘Safe as Houses: The Mettray colony as Seen by Jean Genet’, Space and Culture, 9 (4): 400-417.
White, E. (1993) Genet, London: Chatto and Windus.