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The Scandal of Self-Contradiction. Pasolini's Multistable Subjectivities, Traditions, Geographies

Ed. by Di Blasi, Gragnolati, Holzhey. Wien/Berlin: Turia+Kant, 2012

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was both a writer and filmmaker deeply rooted in European culture, as well as an intellectual who moved between different traditions, identities and positions. Early on he looked to Africa and Asia for possible alternatives to the hegemony of Western Neocapitalism and Consumerism, and in his hands the Greek and Judeo-Christian Classics morphed into unsettling multistable figures constantly shifting between West and East, North and South, the present and the past, rationality and myth, identity and otherness. The contributions in this volume, which belong to different intellectual and disciplinary fields, are bound together by a fascination for Pasolini's ability to recognize contradictions, to intensify and multiply them, as well as to make them aesthetically and politically productive. What emerges is a "euro-eccentric" and multifaceted Pasolini of great interest for the present.


Volume 6 of the series 'Cultural Inquiry' with Turia + Kant

327 pp., 32 EUR, ISBN 978-3-85132-681-9



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  1. Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey: Introduction



  3. Christoph F.E. Holzhey – ‘La vera Diversità’ – Multistability, Circularity, and Abjection in Pasolini’s Pilade
  4. Robert S. C. Gordon – Pasolini as Jew, Between Israel and Europe
  5. Giovanna Trento – Pier Paolo Pasolini and Pan-Meridional Italianness
  6. Agnese Grieco – The Body of the Actor: Notes on the Relationship between the Body and Acting in Pasolini’s Cinema
  7. Claudia Peppel – The Guest: Transfiguring Indifference in Teorema



  9. Manuele Gragnolati: Analogy and Difference: Multistable Figures in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Appunti per un’Orestiade africana
  10. Silvia Mazzini – Pasolini and India: De- and Re-Construction of a Myth
  11. Francesca Cadel – Outside Italy: Pasolini’s Transnational Visions of the Sacred and Tradition
  12. Bernhard Groß – Reconciliation and Stark Incompatibility: Pasolini’s ‘Africa’ and Greek Tragedy



  14. Luca Di Blasi – One Divided by Another: Split and Conversion in Pasolini’s San Paolo
  15. Bruno Besana – Alain Badiou’s Pasolini: The Problem of Subtractive Universalism
  16. Hervé Joubert-Laurencin – Figura lacrima
  17. Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky – Cinematographic Aesthetics as Subversion of Moral Reason in Pasolini’s Medea

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  19. Alain Badiou – Destruction, Negation, Subtraction
  20. Pier Paolo Pasolini – Bandung Man / L’uomo di Bandung, translated by Robert S.C. Gordon
  21. Joulia Strauss  – mythisnow—pasoliniandeuropetoday

Notes on the Contributors

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