Pasolini’s vehement attack on contemporary liberal and hyper-technologized Neocapitalism was related to a criticism of rationalism and its socio-political as well as linguistic and aesthetic manifestations. The hypothesis of this special issue is that such criticism draws on two central notions in Pasolini’s work, namely regression and failure. To what extent does Pasolini appropriate and revalue these notions and transform them into indispensable modes for (re)thinking the present and for continuing to be critically engaged in the artistic, intellectual and political sphere?
The special issue collects a selection of papers from the conference Pier Paolo Pasolini entre régression et échec, which took place at Paris-Sorbonne on 9-10 May 2014 as a cooperation between ICI Berlin, the Equipe Littérature et Culture Italiennes (ELCI, EA 1496) de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, and l’Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi.
Contributions in Italian, French, and English