'La vera diversità' : multistability, circularity, and abjection in Pasolini's "Pilade"

  • Before completing his uncharacteristically hopeful filmic vision of an African Oresteia, Pier Paolo Pasolini invented a theatrical continuation of Aeschylus's trilogy. "Pilade" (1966/70) imagines what happens after Orestes, having being absolved by the Aeropagos in Athens, goes back to Argos. With its clear allusions to political developments in the last century - fascism, the Resistance, and Communist revolutions - the play reads as a mythical allegory for the situation of engaged intellectuals in thetwentieth century. As Christoph F. E. Holzhey's contribution '"La vera Diversità": Multistability, Circularity, and Abjection in Pasolini's "Pilade"' shows, Pasolini's imagined continuation of the Oresteia challenges an ideology of rational foundation and progress by moving through a series of aspect changes prompted by sudden events that allow for some integration while also creating new divisions. After all possible alliances among the principal characters - Orestes, Electra, and Pylades - have been played through, Pylades curses reason for its deceptive, consoling, and violent function and embraces his abjected position of true diversity beyond intelligibility. However, Holzhey argues, rather than functioning as the play's telos, this ending is an open one and participates in the paradoxical performance of a self-contradictory subjectivity and a circular temporality without entirely giving up hope for a truly different alternative.

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Author:Christoph F. E. HolzheyORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):The scandal of self-contradiction : Pasolini's multistable subjectivities, geographies, traditions / ed. by Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati and Christoph F. E. Holzhey ; Cultural Inquiry ; 6, Wien : Turia + Kant, 2012 ; ISBN 978-3-85132-681-9, S. 19-35
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:Contradictory thinking; Multistable figures; Paradoxes in literature
Pasolini, Pier Paolo: Pilade
GND Keyword:Pasolini, Pier Paolo; Aeschylus; Orestia; Paradoxon; Widerspruch; Inversionsfigur; Wahrnehmungswechsel
Page Number:17
First Page:19
Last Page:35
Dewey Decimal Classification:7 Künste und Unterhaltung / 79 Sport, Spiele, Unterhaltung / 792 Bühnenkunst
8 Literatur / 80 Literatur, Rhetorik, Literaturwissenschaft / 800 Literatur und Rhetorik
Sammlungen:CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft
Sammlung Musik, Theater, Film / Literatur zum Theater
CompaRe | Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft / ICI Berlin
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen