The Scandal of Self-ContradictionPasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, TraditionsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2012
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Cite as: Claudia Peppel, ‘The Guest: Transfiguring Indifference in Teorema’, 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. 105–16 <>
Earlier citation: Identical except for DOI prefix 10.25620

The GuestTransfiguring Indifference in TeoremaClaudia Peppel

Keywords: Pasolini, Pier Paolo – Teorema; dramatic conflict; guest; hospitality; strangers



In its elusive form between drama, novel and film, Teorema marks a ‘new turning point in Pasolini’s oeuvre’. Both the narrative and the style are remarkable, juxtaposing elements of different genres, nourishing the unresolved tensions within the film: the family members are shown in various scenes that follow one another in seemingly random order. Instead of a cohesive narrative unfolding in time, there reigns a sense of timelessness that gives rise to an oppressive feeling of drifting.


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