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Italian and Italian American Studies

Utopia and Dystopia in Postwar Italian Literature

Pasolini, Calvino, Sanguineti, Volponi

Authors: Fioretti, Daniele

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  • Examines left-wing Italian literature during the 1960s and beyond - an area of increasing scholarly interestConsiders Pasolini, Calvino, Sanguineti, and Volponi together for the first time
  • Looks at a wide range of texts, from novels and poetry to journalism and literary essays
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This book is about the presence of utopian and dystopian elements in the Italian literary landscape. It focuses on four authors that are representatives of the various positions in the Italian cultural debate: Pasolini, Calvino, Sanguineti, and Volponi. What did concepts like utopia and dystopia mean for these authors? Is it possible to separate utopia from dystopia? What is the role of science fiction in this debate? This book answers these questions, proposing an original interpretation of utopia and of the social role of literature. The book also takes into consideration four of the most influential literary journals in Italy: Officina, il menabò, il verri, and Nuovi Argomenti, that played a central role in the cultural and political debate on utopia in Italy.

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Daniele Fioretti teaches at Miami University, USA. He holds a Dottorato di Ricerca from the Università di Firenze and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published a collection of letters from Paolo Volponi to Pier Paolo Pasolini: Paolo Volponi, Scrivo a te come guardandomi allo specchio. Lettere a Pasolini 1954-1975 (2009). He also co-edited Il romanzo di formazione nell’Ottocento e nel Novecento (2007) with Maria Carla Papini and Teresa Spignoli. His latest book is Carte di fabbrica. La narrativa industriale in Italia 1934-1989 (2013).

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Utopia and Dystopia is a skilful synthesis of the work of Calvino, Sanguineti, Volponi and Pasolini, cutting-edge intellectuals of the latter twentieth century. Fioretti's book fills a gap in our knowledge of the literature of commitment in Italy by connecting it to the tradition of utopian literature in Europe, a framework the author explores theoretically and practically, and applies to the texts of these very diverse authors. By virtue of his method and the elegant and streamlined nature of his prose, Fioretti succeeds in presenting this complex material in a way that is highly legible and inviting, whether to the novice reader or the expert.” (Thomas E. Peterson, Professor of Italian, University of Georgia, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Utopia and Dystopia in Postwar Italian Literature
Book Subtitle
Pasolini, Calvino, Sanguineti, Volponi
Authors
Series Title
Italian and Italian American Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46553-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46553-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46552-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83541-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 212
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