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| birth_place = Marseille, Francedf=y318964}}| death_place = France| body_discovered = | resting_place =| resting_place_coordinates =| residence =| nationality = French| other_names =| citizenship = | education = Studied at the Collège du Sacré-Cœur| alma_mater =| occupation = Theatre director, poet, actor, artist, essayist| years_active =| employer =| organization =| agent = | known_for = Theatre of Cruelty| notable_works = The Theatre and Its Double| style = | home_town =| spouse =| partner =| children =| parents =| relatives =| awards =| signature =| signature_alt =| signature_size =}}Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud ({{IPA-fr|aʁto|lang}}; 4 September 1896 – 4 March 1948), was a French dramatist, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director, widely recognized as one of the major figures of twentieth-century theatre and the European avant-garde.BOOK, Artaud and his doubles, Jannarone, Kimberly., 2012, University of Michigan Press, 978-1280880506, 1st paperback, Ann Arbor, 802057630, BOOK, The dramatic concepts of Antonin Artaud, Sellin, Eric, 1933-, 2017, Quid Pro Books, Thompson, Peter., 9781610273718, New Orleans, Louisiana, 988943807, WEB,weblink Antonin Artaud and the Avant-Garde Theatre, Gadoffre, G. F. A., Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 1971, 53, 2, 329–336, University of Manchester, 25 September 2017, He is best known for conceptualizing a 'Theatre of Cruelty'.BOOK, The Theatre and Its Double., Artaud, Antonin., 2013, Alma Books, 9780714545530, London, 980803960,

Early life

Antonin Artaud was born in Marseille, France, to Euphrasie Nalpas and Antoine-Roi Artaud.BOOK, John, Wakeman, World Authors, 1950–1970: A Companion Volume to Twentieth Century Authors, Wilson, 1975, 9780824204198, Both his parents were natives of Smyrna (modern-day İzmir),:15 and he was greatly affected by his Greek ancestry. Antoine-Roi Artaud was a shipowner. Euphrasie gave birth to nine children, but four were stillborn and two others died in childhood. Artaud was diagnosed with meningitis at age five, a disease which had no cure at the time.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Biographer David Shafer points out, "given the frequency of such misdiagnoses, coupled with the absence of a treatment (and consequent near-minimal survival rate) and the symptoms he had, it’s unlikely that Artaud actually contracted it."BOOK, Antonin Artaud, Shafer, David A., 1958-, 9781780236018, London, UK, 16, 954427932, 15 April 2016, After a long struggle including a comatose period, a severely weakened Antonin survived.BOOK, Arana, R. Victoria, Encyclopedia of World Poetry, 1900 to the Present, 2015, Infobase Learning, New York, 978-1-4381-4072-8, 2,weblink Artaud's parents arranged a series of sanatorium stays for their temperamental son, which were both prolonged and expensive.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} This lasted five years, with a break of two months in June and July 1916, when Artaud was conscripted into the French Army. He was discharged due to addiction to laudanum and mental instability.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} During Artaud's "rest cures" at the sanatorium, he read Arthur Rimbaud, Charles Baudelaire, and Edgar Allan Poe.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} In May 1919, the director of the sanatorium prescribed laudanum for Artaud, precipitating a lifelong addiction to that and other opiates.WEB, Morfee, Adrian, Antonin Marie Joseph Artaud,weblink Literature Resource Center, Modern French Poets, 12 April 2016, He suffered a nervous breakdown at age 19; this was not the end of his mental illness.


In March 1921, Artaud moved to Paris to pursue a career as a writer (against his father's wishes). While training and performing with directors including Charles Dullin and Georges Pitoëff, he continued to write both poetry and essays. At the age of 27, he mailed some of his poems to the journal La Nouvelle Revue Française;{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} they were rejected, but the editor, Jacques Rivière, wrote back seeking to understand him, and a relationship via letters developed.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Their compilation into an epistolary work, Correspondance avec Jacques Rivière, was Artaud's first major publication.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} His first work in the theatre was with French theatre director Lugné Poe who described Artaud as "a painter lost in the midst of actors".{{rp|350}}

Apprenticeship with Charles Dullin

Charles Dullin is one of the celebrated French "teacher-directors" Jacques Copeau, André Antoine, and Firmin Gémier.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} In July 1921 what he founded Théâtre de l'Atelier in Néronville, France, and which he referred to as a "laboratory theater".{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Dullin's goal when he created this theater, which also served as a school for actors, was to create the "complete actor": to form actors with a general culture, which they so often lack; to inculcate them from the very beginning with solid principles of actors' techniques: good diction, physical training; to expand their means of expression to include dance and pantomime; in one word, to form the complete actor.JOURNAL, Deák, František, October 1977, Antonin Artaud and Charles Dullin: Artaud's Apprenticeship in Theatre, Educational Theatre Journal, 29, 345–353, 10.2307/3206180, 3206180, 3, {{rp|346}}Artaud was taken on as an apprentice by Dullin in 1921, under whom he arduously trained for eighteen months, ten to twelve hours a day, with particular emphasis on mime, gymnastics, improvisation, voice production, and various exercises intended to heighten one's sensory perception.JOURNAL, Goodall, Jane, Summer 1987, Artaud's Revision of Shelley's The Cenci: The Text and its Double, Comparative Drama, 21, 115–126, 10.1353/cdr.1987.0047, 41153273, 2, {{rp|119}} By making contact with one's surroundings, the actor was to get in tune with "La Voix du Monde" (the voice of the world), making way for "Voix de Soi-Même" (the voice of oneself), in order to be able to get the actor in tune with his true voice, with which he is to express himself on stage. One of the most evident influences Dullin had on Artaud's theatrical concepts were his improvisational exercises related to the five human senses, intended by Dullin as preparation, not for the stage. In his seminars, Dullin strongly emphasized that his actors must "see before describing, hear before answering...and feel before trying to express himself", often using bells, the sound of footsteps, and masks as preparation.{{rp|347}} The actors were encouraged to forget the weight of their bodies, while using them more than their faces to express themselves, often wearing a full or half mask.{{rp|347}}Dullin recorded an exercise he gave to Artaud in which he was to mime his struggle against the currents of a river.{{rp|119}} Artaud was quoted as saying of Dullin, "Hearing Dullin teach I feel that I'm rediscovering ancient secrets and a whole forgotten mystique of production".:351 Artaud voiced his concerns of the dangers relating to "psychological equilibrium" present in Dullin's vocal improvisation exercises stating, "These exercises of improvisation reveal and sharpen true personality. Intonation is found within oneself and pushed out with the burning power of feeling, not achieved through imitation".{{rp|349–350}}Artaud left Charles Dullin's troupe after a disagreement over his performance of the Emperor Charlemagne in Alexandre Arnoux's Huon de Bordeaux, when Artaud entered the stage on 'all fours and crawled towards his throne like an animal' in one of the proudctions rehearsals.BOOK,weblink Antonin Artaud, Esslin, Martin, 2018-01-01, Alma Books, 9780714545622, en, :22

Work in the Cinema

Artaud cultivated a great interest in cinema as well, working as a critic, actor, and writing film scenarios. Artaud's performance as Jean-Paul Marat in Abel Gance's Napoleon (1927) used exaggerated movements to convey the fire of Marat's personality.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} He also played the monk Massieu in Carl Theodor Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). He wrote a number of film scenarios, and ten are listed in his Complete Works. As Ros Murray points out, 'one is a fragment, four were written under a pseudonym, and one was lost altogether.'JOURNAL, Murray, Ros, 2017, Cruel time in Artaud's film scenarios,weblink Image & Narrative, en-US, 17, 5,

The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)

Only one of Artaud's scenarios was produced, The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928). Directed by Germaine Dulac, it is often considered the first surrealist film.BOOK,weblink Artaud: The Screaming Body, Barber, Stephen, 1999, Creation Books, 9781840680096, en, This film influenced Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, two key Spanish surrealists, when they made Un Chien Andalou (1929).{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}}

Theatre Alfred Jarry

In 1926, Artaud founded the Theatre Alfred Jarry with Roger Vitrac and Robert Aron.JOURNAL, Jannarone, Kimberly, 2005, The Theatre before Its Double: Artaud Directs in the Alfred Jarry Theatre, Theatre Survey, en, 46, 2, 247–273, 10.1017/S0040557405000153, 1475-4533, He produced and directed original works by Vitrac, as well as pieces by Claudel and Strindberg. The theatre advertised that they would produce Artaud's play Jet de sang in their 1926–1927 season, but it was never mounted and was not premiered until 40 years later. The Theatre was extremely short-lived, with its final production in 1928, but was attended by an enormous range of European artists, including André Gide, Arthur Adamov, and Paul Valéry.

Artaud at the Paris Colonial Exposition

In 1931, Artaud saw Balinese dance performed at the Paris Colonial Exposition. Although he did not fully understand the intentions and ideas behind traditional Balinese performance, it influenced many of his ideas for theatre.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Scholar Adrian Curtin has noted the significance of the soundscape that accompanied the event, stating that Artaud was struck by the ‘hypnotic’ rhythms of the gamelan ensemble, its range of percussive effects, the variety of timbres that the musicians produced, and – most importantly, perhaps – the way in which the dancers’ movements interacted dynamically with the musical elements instead of simply functioning as a type of background accompaniment.JOURNAL, Curtin, Adrian, 2010, Cruel Vibrations: Sounding Out Antonin Artaud's Production of Les Cenci, Theatre Research International, en, 35, 3, 250–262, 10.1017/S0307883310000568, 0307-8833, {{rp|253}} Also during this year, Artaud's First Manifesto for a Theatre of Cruelty was published in La Nouvelle Revue Française; it would later appear as a chapter in The Theatre and Its Double.

The Cenci

In 1935 Artaud staged a production of Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Cenci at the Théâtre des Folies-Wagram in Paris.:250 The drama contains themes of abuse, incest, violence, murder and betrayal. In Artaud's stage directions, he described the opening scene as "suggestive of extreme atmospheric turbulence, with wind-blown drapes, waves of suddenly amplified sound, and crowds of figures engaged in 'furious orgy'", accompanied by "a chorus of church bells", as well as the presence of numerous large mannequins.{{rp|120}} In this scene, which is often referred to as "the banquet scene", Dullin's influence on Artaud is very clear, as both the sounds of bells and the sounds of amplified footsteps were present, along with the strongly emphasized theme of elemental forces. Scholar Adrian Curtin has argued for the importance of the 'sonic aspects of the production, which did not merely support the action but motivated it obliquely.':251 While Shelley's version of The Cenci conveyed the motivations and anguish of the Cenci's daughter Beatrice with her father through monologues, Artaud was much more concerned with conveying the menacing nature of the Cenci's presence and the reverberations of their incest relationship though physical discordance, as if an invisible "force-field" surrounded them.{{rp|123}}Artaud's strong interest in oriental theater, specifically Balinese and Chinese, was in part shared by his mentor Dullin, but Dullin, unlike Artaud, did not think Western theater should be adopting oriental language and style. He was quoted as saying of Artaud's influences from oriental theater, "To want to impose on our Western theater rules of a theatre of a long tradition which has its own symbolic language would be a great mistake."{{rp|351}} Artaud's implementation of Dullin's sensory awareness exercises into the stage production were clearly observable in The Cenci, Jane Goodall writes of the performance, The predominance of action over reflection accelerates the development of events...the monologues...are cut in favor of sudden, jarring that a spasmodic effect is created. Extreme fluctuations in pace, pitch, and tone heighten sensory awareness intensify ... the here and now of performance.:119The Cenci was a commercial failure, although it employed innovative sound effects—including the first theatrical use of the electronic instrument the Ondes Martenot—and had a set designed by Balthus.

Travels and Institutionalisation

Journey to Mexico

In 1935 Artaud decided to go to Mexico, where he was convinced there was 'a sort of deep movement in favour of a return to civilisation before Cortez'.JOURNAL, Hertz, Uri, 2003, Artaud in Mexico,weblink Fragmentos, 25, 11–17, :11 He received a grant to travel to Mexico, where in 1936 he met his first Mexican-Parisian friend, the painter Federico Cantú, when Cantú gave lectures on the decadence of Western civilization.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Artaud also studied and lived with the Tarahumaran people and participated in peyote rites, his writings about which were later released in a volume called Voyage to the Land of the Tarahumara,:14 published in English under the title The Peyote Dance (1976). The content of this work closely resembles the poems of his later days, concerned primarily with the supernatural. Artaud also recorded his horrific withdrawal from heroin upon entering the land of the Tarahumaras. Having deserted his last supply of the drug at a mountainside, he literally had to be hoisted onto his horse and soon resembled, in his words, "a giant, inflamed gum".{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Artaud would return to opiates later in life.

Ireland and Repatriation to France

In 1937, Artaud returned to France, where he obtained a walking stick of knotted wood that he believed belonged not only to St. Patrick, but also Lucifer and Jesus Christ. Artaud traveled to Ireland, landing at Cobh and travelling to Galway in an effort to return the staff. However, speaking very little English and no Irish whatsoever, he was unable to make himself understood. He would not have been admitted at Cobh, according to Irish government documents, except that he carried a letter of introduction from the Paris embassy. Most of his trip was spent in a hotel room he was unable to pay for. He was forcibly removed from the grounds of Milltown House, a Jesuit community, when he refused to leave. Before deportation he was briefly confined in the notorious Mountjoy Prison. According to Irish Government papers he was deported as "a destitute and undesirable alien".WEB,weblink 28 June 2012, yes, The Dublin Review, 'An absent-minded person of the student type': Extracts from the Artaud file, Antonin, Artaud,weblink" title="">weblink 13 April 2014, On his return trip by ship, Artaud believed he was being attacked by two crew members, and he retaliated. He was arrested and put in a straitjacket.His return from Ireland brought about the beginning of the final phase of Artaud's life, which was spent in different asylums. It was at this time that his best known work The Theatre and Its Double (1938) was published. This book contained the two manifestos of the Theatre of Cruelty. There, "he proposed a theatre that was in effect a return to magic and ritual and he sought to create a new theatrical language of totem and gesture – a language of space devoid of dialogue that would appeal to all the senses."BOOK, The Theatre of Protest in America, Botting, Gary, Harden House, 1972, Edmonton, Gary Botting, {{rp|6}} "Words say little to the mind," Artaud wrote, "compared to space thundering with images and crammed with sounds." He proposed "a theatre in which violent physical images crush and hypnotize the sensibility of the spectator seized by the theatre as by a whirlwind of higher forces." He considered formal theatres with their proscenium arches and playwrights with their scripts "a hindrance to the magic of genuine ritual.":6

Artaud in Rodez

in 1943, when France was occupied by the Nazis, Robert Desnos arranged to have Artaud transferred to the psychiatric hospital in Rodez, well inside Vichy territory, where he was put under the charge of Dr. Gaston Ferdière.BOOK,weblink Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul, Murray, Ros, Springer, 2014, 9781137310583, en, Ferdière began administering electroshock treatments to eliminate Artaud's symptoms, which included various delusions and odd physical tics.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} The doctor believed that Artaud's habits of crafting magic spells, creating astrology charts, and drawing disturbing images were symptoms of mental illness.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} Artaud, at his peak began lashing out at others.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} The electroshock treatments created much controversy,{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} although it was during these treatments—in conjunction with Ferdière's art therapy—that Artaud began writing and drawing again, after a long dormant period.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} In 1946, Ferdière released Artaud to his friends, who placed him in the psychiatric clinic at Ivry-sur-Seine.WEB,weblink Antonin Marie Joseph Artaud, Morfee, Adrian, Literature Resource Center, Modern French Poets, 12 April 2016,

Career resumed

Artaud was encouraged to write by his friends, and interest in his work was rekindled. He visited an exhibition of works by Vincent van Gogh which resulted in a study Van Gogh le suicidé de la société [Van Gogh, The Man Suicided by Society], published by K éditeur, Paris, 1947 which won a critics' prize.WEB,weblink Antonin Artaud, from "Van Gogh: the Man Suicided by Society", ARTseenSOHO, 9 October 2016, He recorded [To Have Done With the Judgment of god] between 22 and 29 November 1947. This work was shelved by Wladimir Porché, the director of the French Radio, the day before its scheduled airing on 2 February 1948. The performance was prohibited partially as a result of its scatological, anti-American, and anti-religious references and pronouncements, but also because of its general randomness, with a cacophony of xylophonic sounds mixed with various percussive elements. While remaining true to his Theatre of Cruelty and reducing powerful emotions and expressions into audible sounds, Artaud had utilized various, somewhat alarming cries, screams, grunts, onomatopoeia, and glossolalia.As a result, Fernand Pouey, the director of dramatic and literary broadcasts for French radio, assembled a panel to consider the broadcast of Among the approximately 50 artists, writers, musicians, and journalists present for a private listening on 5 February 1948 were Jean Cocteau, Paul Éluard, Raymond Queneau, Jean-Louis Barrault, René Clair, Jean Paulhan, Maurice Nadeau, Georges Auric, Claude Mauriac, and René Char. Although the panel felt almost unanimously in favor of Artaud's work, Porché refused to allow the broadcast. Pouey left his job and the show was not heard again until 23 February 1948 at a private performance at the Théâtre Washington.

Final years

In January 1948, Artaud was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.{{Citation needed|date=July 2019}} He died shortly afterwards on 4 March 1948 in a psychiatric clinic in Ivry-sur-Seine, a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris.JOURNAL, Thévenin, Paule, Knapp, Bettina, 1965, A Letter on Artaud, The Tulane Drama Review, 9, 3, 99–117, 10.2307/1125050, 0886-800X, 1125050, He was found by the gardener of the estate seated alone at the foot of his bed, and it was suspected that he died from a lethal dose of the drug chloral hydrate, although it is unknown whether he was aware of its lethality.Thirty years after its recording and production in November 1947, French radio finally broadcast the performance of {{Citation needed|date=July 2019}}


Artaud has been cited as a profoundly influential figure in the history of theatre, avant-garde art, literature, and other disciplines.ENCYCLOPEDIA,weblink Antonin Artaud, 4 March 1948, Encyclopædia Britannica, 9 October 2016, His work proved to be a significant influence on the Theatre of the Absurd, particularly the works of Jean Genet and Samuel Beckett, and helped inspire a movement away from the dominant role of language and rationalism in contemporary theatre. Artaud also had a significant influence on the philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, who borrowed Artaud's phrase "the body without organs" to describe their conception of the virtual dimension of the body and, ultimately, the basic substratum of reality in their Capitalism and Schizophrenia.Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari (1980) "28 November 1947: How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?" In A Thousand Plateaus. Trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 149–166. {{ISBN|978-0816614028}} Poet Allen Ginsberg claimed that his introduction to Artaud, specifically "To Have Done with the Judgement of god", by Carl Solomon had a tremendous influence on his most famous poem "Howl".BOOK, Allen, Ginsberg, "Howl" Original Draft Facsimile, Transcript & Variant Versions, Fully Annotated by Author, with Contemporaneous Correspondence, Account of First Public Reading, Legal Skirmishes, Precursor Texts & Bibliography, Barry, Miles, Harper Perennial, 1995, 130, 978-0-06-092611-3, A very important study on the Artaud work comes from Jacques Derrida. According to the philosopher, as theatrical writer and actor, Artaud is the embodiment of both an aggressive and repairing gesture, which strikes, sounds out, is harsh in a dramatic way and with critical determination as well. Identifying life as art, he was critically focused on the western cultural social drama, to point out and deny the double-dealing on which the western theatrical tradition is based; he worked with the whirlpool of feelings and lunatic expressions, being subjugated to a counter-force which came from the act of gesture.BOOK, Forcener le subjectile, Derrida, Jacques, Schirmer/Mosel Publishers, 1986, French, BOOK, Oeuvres completes, Artaud, Antonin, 1956–94, Gallimard, French, Theatrical practitioner Peter Brook took inspiration from Artaud's "Theatre of Cruelty" in a series of workshops that led up to his Royal Shakespeare Company production of Marat/Sade in 1964, which was performed in New York and Paris as well as London. The Living Theatre was also heavily influenced by Artaud, as was much English-language experimental theatre and performance art; Karen Finley, Spalding Gray, Liz LeCompte, Richard Foreman, Charles Marowitz, Sam Shepard, Joseph Chaikin, and more all named Artaud as one of their influences.{{rp|6–25}} In the winter of 1968, Williams College offered a dedicated intersession class in Artaudian theatre, resulting in a week-long "Festival of Cruelty," under the direction of Keith Fowler. The Festival included productions of The Jet of Blood, All Writing is Pig Shit, and several original ritualized performances, one based on the Texas Tower killings and another created as an ensemble catharsis called The Resurrection of Pig Man.JOURNAL, Dark Days, Williams Record, Williamstown, Massachusetts, January 1968, Charles Marowitz's play Artaud at Rodez is about the relationship between Artaud and Dr. Ferdière during Artaud's confinement at the psychiatric hospital in Rodez; the play was first performed in 1976 at the Teatro a Trastavere in Rome."Marowitz, Charles (1977). Artaud at Rodez. London: Marion Boyars. {{ISBN|0-7145-2632-0}}. The writer and actor Tim Dalgleish wrote and produced the play 'The Life and Theatre of Antonin Artaud' (originally called 'Pigshit') for the English physical theatre company Bare Bones in 1999. The play told Artaud's story from his early years of aspiration when he wished to be part of the establishment, through to his final years as a suffering, iconoclastic outsider. In Canada, playwright Gary Botting created a series of Artaudian "happenings" from The Aeolian Stringer to Zen Rock Festival, and produced a dozen plays with an Artaudian theme, including Prometheus Re-Bound.Edmonton: Harden House, 1972. The Latin American dramatic novel Yo-Yo Boing! by Giannina Braschi includes a debate between artists and poets concerning the merits of Artaud's "multiple talents" in comparison to the singular talents of other French writers.BOOK, Yo-Yo Boing! by Giannina Braschi, Introduction, Doris, Sommer, Latin American Literary Review Press, Pittsburgh, 1998, 9780935480979, The band Bauhaus included a song about the playwright, called "Antonin Artaud", on their album Burning from the Inside.WEB,weblink bauhaus:lyrics:antonin artaud,, 9 October 2016, Influential Argentine hard rock band Pescado Rabioso recorded an album titled Artaud. Their leader Luis Alberto Spinetta wrote the lyrics partly basing them on Artaud's writings.WEB,weblink Artaud – Pescado Rabioso, Unterberger, Richie, 30 January 2016, AllMusic. All Media Network, Composer John Zorn has written many works inspired by and dedicated to Artaud, including seven CDs: "Astronome", "(Moonchild: Songs Without Words)", "Six Litanies for Heliogabalus", "The Crucible", "Ipsissimus", "(Templars: In Sacred Blood)" and "The Last Judgment", a monodrama for voice and orchestra inspired by Artaud's late drawings "La Machine de l'être" (2000), "Le Momo" (1999) for violin and piano, and "Suppots et Suppliciations" (2012) for full orchestra. Filmmaker E. Elias Merhige, during an interview by writer Scott Nicolay, cited the writings of Artaud as a key influence for the experimental film Begotten.WEB,weblink E. Elias Merhige: The Greatest Apple You'll Ever Eat, The Outer Dark: Episode 29, 28 January 2016, 29 January 2016, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 31 January 2016,

Selected filmography


Works by Artaud
  • Artaud, Antonin. Collected Works of Antonin Artaud, trans. Victor Corti. London: Calder and Boyars, 1971.
  • Artaud, Antonin. Selected Writings, Trans. Helen Weaver. Ed. and Intro. Susan Sontag. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976.
  • Artaud, Antonin. , original recording. Edited with an introduction by Marc Dachy. Compact Disc. Sub Rosa/aural documents, 1995.
  • Artaud, Antonin. The Theatre and Its Double, Trans. Mary Caroline Richards. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1958.
  • Artaud, Antonin. 50 Drawings to Murder Magic, trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. London: Seagull Books, 2008. {{ISBN|978-1-905422-66-1}}
  • Artaud, Antonin. Artaud Anthology, edited and translated by Jack Hirschman. San Francisco: City Lights, 1963. {{ISBN|978-0-87286-000-1}}
  • Artaud, Antonin. Watchfiends and Rack Screams: works from the final period, trans. and ed. Clayton Eshleman, with Bernard Bador. Boston: Exact Change, 1995. {{ISBN|1-878972-18-9}}.
In English
  • Bataille, George. "Surrealism Day to Day". In The Absence of Myth: Writings on Surrealism. Trans. Michael Richardson. London: Verso, 1994. 34–47.
  • Barber, Stephen Antonin Artaud: Blows and Bombs (Faber and Faber: London, 1993) {{ISBN|0-571-17252-0}}
  • Bersani, Leo. "Artaud, Defecation, and Birth". In A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature. Boston: Little, Brown, 1976.
  • Blanchot, Maurice. "Cruel Poetic Reason (the rapacious need for flight)". In The Infinite Conversation. Trans. Susan Hanson. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. 293–297.
  • Deleuze, Gilles. "Thirteenth Series of the Schizophrenic and the Little Girl". In The Logic of Sense. Trans. Mark Lester with Charles Stivale. Ed. Constantin V. Boundas. New York: Columbia University Press, 1990. 82–93.
  • Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Trans. Mark Hurley, Helen Seem, and Mark Lane. New York: Viking Penguin, 1977.
  • Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. "November 28, 1947: How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?". In A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Trans. Brian Massumi. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1987. 149–166.
  • Derrida, Jacques. "The Theatre of Cruelty" and "La Parole Souffle". In Writing and Difference. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978. {{ISBN|0-226-14329-5}}
  • Esslin, Martin. Antonin Artaud. London: John Calder, 1976.
  • Ferdière, Gaston. "I Looked after Antonin Artaud". In Artaud at Rodez. Marowitz, Charles (1977). pp. 103–112. London: Marion Boyars. {{ISBN|0-7145-2632-0}}.
  • Goodall, Jane, Artaud and the Gnostic Drama. Oxford: Clarendon Press; Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. {{ISBN|0-19-815186-1}}
  • Innes, Christopher Avant-Garde Theatre 1892–1992 (London: Routledge, 1993).
  • Jamieson, Lee Antonin Artaud: From Theory to Practice (Greenwich Exchange: London, 2007) {{ISBN|978-1-871551-98-3}}.
  • Jannarone, Kimberly, Artaud and His Doubles (Ann Arbor, MI, University of Michigan Press, 2010).
  • Jannarone, Kimberly, "The Theater Before Its Double: Artaud Directs in the Alfred Jarry Theater," Theatre Survey 46.2 (November 2005), 247–273.
  • Pireddu, Nicoletta. "The mark and the mask: psychosis in Artaud's alphabet of cruelty," _ArachnÄ“: An International Journal of Language and Literature_ 3 (1), 1996: 43–65.
  • Koch, Stephen. "On Artaud." Tri-Quarterly, no. 6 (Spring 1966): 29–37.
  • Plunka, Gene A. (Ed). Antonin Artaud and the Modern Theater. Cranbury: Associated University Presses. 1994.
  • Rainer, Friedrich. "The Deconstructed Self in Artaud and Brecht: Negation of Subject and Antitotalitarianism", Forum for Modern Language Studies, 26:3 (July 1990): 282–297.
  • Sontag, Susan. "Approaching Artaud". In Under the Sign of Saturn. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1980. 13–72. [Also printed as Introduction to Antonin Artaud: Selected Writings, ed. Sontag.]
  • Shattuck, Roger. "Artaud Possessed". In The Innocent Eye. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1984. 169–186.
  • Ward, Nigel "Fifty-one Shocks of Artaud", New Theatre Quarterly Vol.XV Part2 (NTQ58 May 1999): 123–128
In French
  • Blanchot, Maurice. "Artaud" (November 1956, no. 47): 873–881.
  • Brau, Jean-Louis. Antonin Artaud. Paris: La Table Ronde, 1971.
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  • Florence de Mèredieu, Antonin Artaud, Portraits et Gris-gris, Paris, Blusson, 1984, new edition with additions, 2008. {{ISBN|978-2907784221}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, Antonin Artaud, Voyages, Paris, Blusson, 1992. {{ISBN|978-2907784054}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, Antonin Artaud, de l'ange, Paris, Blusson, 1992. {{ISBN|978-2907784061}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, Sur l'électrochoc, le cas Antonin Artaud, Paris, Blusson, 1996. {{ISBN|978-2907784115}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, C'était Antonin Artaud, biography, Fayard, 2006. {{ISBN|978-2213625256}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, La Chine d'Antonin Artaud / Le Japon d'Antonin Artaud, Paris, Blusson, 2006. {{ISBN|978-2907784177}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, L'Affaire Artaud, journal ethnographique, Paris, Fayard, 2009. {{ISBN|978-2213637600}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, Antonin Artaud dans la guerre, de Verdun à Hitler. L'hygiène mentale, Paris, Blusson, 2013.{{ISBN|978-2907784269}}
  • Florence de Mèredieu, Vincent van Gogh, Antonin Artaud. Ciné-roman. Ciné-peinture, Paris, Blusson, 2014.{{ISBN|978-2907784283}}
  • Virmaux, Alain. Antonin Artaud et le théâtre. Paris: Seghers, 1970.
  • Virmaux, Alain and Odette. Artaud: un bilan critique. Paris: Belfond, 1979.
  • Virmaux, Alain and Odette. Antonin Artaud: qui êtes-vous? Lyon: La Manufacture, 1986.
In German
  • Seegers, U. Alchemie des Sehens. Hermetische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert. Antonin Artaud, Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke (Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2003).



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  • {{IMDb title|0106810|En compagnie d'Antonin Artaud (1993)}} an anachronistic film account of Artaud's life.
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