The Scandal of Self-ContradictionPasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, TraditionsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2012
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Cite as: Robert S. C. Gordon, ‘Pasolini as Jew: Between Israel and Europe’, in 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 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012), pp. 37–58 <>
Earlier citation: Identical except for DOI prefix 10.25620

Pasolini as JewBetween Israel and EuropeRobert S. C. Gordon

Keywords: Pasolini, Pier Paolo Il vangelo secondo Matteo; Pasolini, Pier Paolo Poesia in forma di rosa; Judaism; figures of speech; Europe; Israel; Paul, Saint; national socialism; concentration camps



Pasolini’s first turn beyond Europe can be dated to three lengthy journeys to Asia and Africa undertaken between December 1960 and February 1963. The places he visited quickly bring to mind a long series of subsequent projects – poems, screenplays, films realized or unfinished – from throughout the remaining fifteen years of Pasolini’s life, during which he pitched himself in a wholly new light as a poet of the Third World.


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