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Antonio Castore

Fellow 14-16

Comparative Literature / Literary Theory / German Literature / Literature and Architecture


Antonio Castore studied Italian and Modern Literatures at the University of Turin, Italy, where he earned a PhD in Comparative Literature. He is author of two monographs: Grottesco e riscrittura (2012) on the relation between the grotesque aesthetic and the concept of ‘rewriting’, intended in the broadly sense of a textual, cultural and aesthetic reshaping of borders, inclusive of the borders of the body; Il dialogo spezzato. Forme dell’incomprensione in letteratura [The Broken Dialogue] (2011), which was entirely devoted to the examination of the concept of ‘communicational error’ with respect to the works of Shakespeare, Levi, Kafka and Bachmann. His research interests span a broad range of topics, from literary theory to the interconnections between literature and science / linguistics / philosophy. His main fields of inquiry are the Italian and English Renaissance and 20th-century European literature. He has lectured on Italian poetry and, recently, on translation studies, with a special focus on the rendering of Shakespeare’s dramatic language. Currently, he is fellow at the Shakespeare Folger Library, Washington, where he is carrying out a new translation and critical edition of Pericles and The Comedy of Errors.  

ICI Project (2014-16)

Impossible Structure(s). Incompleteness, Failure and Error in The Construction of The Work

The aim of this project is to study the manifold relations between the concept of error and that of structure / construction in 20th-century literary discourse, and more pointedly in the oeuvre of Franz Kafka and Thomas Bernhard. The topic of how modern texts have embodied the concept of incompleteness, error, and failure will be developed in the light of two different – and, to a certain extent, opposite – archetypal figurations of the lack of wholeness in architecture, namely the mythical narration of Babel (Zumthor) and the  20th-century discourse on ‘ruins’ (Simmel, Benjamin, Adorno). The theoretical background thus devised will represent the foundation of a close textual examination, which, by employing the tools of linguistic and philosophical analysis, will specifically concentrate on those literary works in which the representation of unfinished/unfinishable architectures and/or building activity merges with an innovative reconsideration of language and space. In this sense, Castore will privilege the examination of works raising major aesthetic and meta-literary issues connected to the central idea of the construction – and deconstruction – of the literary oeuvre and, more widely, of the work of art.

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