Metamorphosing DanteAppropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First CenturiesVienna: Turia + Kant, 2010
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Cite as: Davide Luglio, ‘‘Anzichè allargare, dilaterai!’: Allegory and Mimesis from Dante’s Comedy to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La Divina Mimesis’, in Metamorphosing Dante: Appropriations, Manipulations, and Rewritings in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, ed. by Manuele Gragnolati, Fabio Camilletti, and Fabian Lampart, Cultural Inquiry, 2 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2010), pp. 339–53 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-02_20>

‘Anzichè allargare, dilaterai!’Allegory and Mimesis from Dante’s Comedy to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La Divina MimesisDavide Luglio

Keywords: Alighieri, Dante – Divina Commedia; productive reception; Italian literature; Pasolini, Pier Paolo – La divina mimesis; allegory; authenticity (Philosophy) in literature

Early in his life Pasolini showed interest in Dante: in a letter sent to Luciano Serra in 1945, he declared that ‘la questione di Dante è importantissima’. He later reaffirmed his interest in Dante in two attempts to rewrite the Commedia: La Mortaccia and La Divina Mimesis. La Mortaccia is an unfinished text from 1959 written as free indirect speech in Roman dialect, in which the author tells the story of a prostitute. Walking at night along the Via Tiburtina, she meets three ‘canacci lupi’, which she tries in vain to escape. Eventually Dante comes to her rescue and takes her to the Rebibbia jail. But by 1963, Pasolini had already left behind the project of La Mortaccia and its linguistic perspective, dependent on the legacy of the fifties. In that year he mentioned La Divina Mimesis for the first time. In the seventh section of Poesia in forma di rosa (‘Progetto di opere future’), it is described as ‘opera, se mai ve ne fu, da farsi’:

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