The Scandal of Self-ContradictionPasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, TraditionsVienna: Turia + Kant, 2012
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Cite as: Giovanna Trento, ‘Pier Paolo Pasolini and Pan-Meridional Italianness’, 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. 59–83 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-06_04>

Pier Paolo Pasolini and Pan-Meridional ItaliannessGiovanna Trento

Keywords: Pasolini, Pier Paolo; Italy, Southern; panafricanism; colonialism

Despite his ‘Third World’ and Marxist sympathies, Pier Paolo Pasolini showed, throughout his life, strong poetic and political attention for national narratives and the building of Italianness. However, Pasolini’s ‘desperate love’ for Italy and Italianness – which I consider one of the basic elements of his poetic universe – can be fully grasped only if we read it in the light of his fluid, transnational, and pan-meridional approach.

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