Analogy and difference : multistable figures in Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Appunti per un'Orestiade Africana"

  • Manuele Gragnolati's paper 'Analogy and Difference: Multistable Figures in Pasolini's "Appunti per un'Orestiade africana"' discusses Pasolini's preference for the figure of contradiction and his opposition to Hegelian dialectics by exploring his attempt to look at Africa's process of modernization and democratization in the 1960s as analogous to the synthetic transformation of the Furies into Eumenides at the end of Aeschylus's trilogy. Gragnolati shows that Pasolini is aware of the dangers of analogy, which risks imposing the author's or filmmaker's symbolic order onto that of the 'other' represented in the text or film, and he argues that Pasolini seeks to deal with this danger by constantly shifting back and forth between differing positions. "Appunti per un'Orestiade africana" can thereby be thought as a multistable figure that is left suspended and not only resists synthesis, but also problematizes its own feasibility and challenges its own legitimacy.

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Author:Manuele Gragnolati
Parent Title (English):The scandal of self-contradiction : Pasolini's multistable subjectivities, geographies, traditions ; Cultural Inquiry ; 6
Publisher:Turia + Kant
Place of publication:Wien
Editor:Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, Christoph F. E. Holzhey
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2019/12/16
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/12/20
Tag:Contradiction; Dialectic
Pasolini, Pier Paolo: Appunti per un'Orestiade africana
GND Keyword:Pasolini, Pier Paolo; Aeschylus; Orestia; Afrika; Geschichte 1960-; Dialektik; Widerspruch
Page Number:15
First Page:119
Last Page:133
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 791 Öffentliche Darbietungen, Film, Rundfunk
8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zum Film
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / ICI Berlin
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen