ed. by Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey

Cultural Inquiry, 6
Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2012

Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was both a writer and filmmaker deeply rooted in European culture, as well as an intellectual who moved between different traditions, identities and positions. Early on he looked to Africa and Asia for possible alternatives to the hegemony of Western Neocapitalism and Consumerism, and in his hands the Greek and Judeo-Christian Classics morphed into unsettling multistable figures constantly shifting between West and East, North and South, the present and the past, rationality and myth, identity and otherness. The contributions in this volume, which belong to different intellectual and disciplinary fields, are bound together by a fascination for Pasolini’s ability to recognize contradictions, to intensify and multiply them, as well as to make them aesthetically and politically productive. What emerges is a ‘euro-eccentric’ and multifaceted Pasolini of great interest for the present.

Volume 6 of the series ‘Cultural Inquiry‘ with Turia + Kant
327 pp., 32 EUR, ISBN 978-3-85132-681-9

Table of Contents

Luca Di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey: Introduction

Subjectivities / Geographies

Christoph F. E. Holzhey: ‘La vera Diversità’ – Multistability, Circularity, and Abjection in Pasolini’s Pilade
Robert S. C. Gordon: Pasolini as Jew, Between Israel and Europe
Giovanna Trento: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Pan-Meridional Italianness
Agnese Grieco: The Body of the Actor: Notes on the Relationship between the Body and Acting in Pasolini’s Cinema
Claudia Peppel: The Guest: Transfiguring Indifference in Teorema

Geographies / Traditions

Manuele Gragnolati: Analogy and Difference: Multistable Figures in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Appunti per un’Orestiade africana
Silvia Mazzini: Pasolini and India: De- and Re-Construction of a Myth
Francesca Cadel: Outside Italy: Pasolini’s Transnational Visions of the Sacred and Tradition
Bernhard Groß: Reconciliation and Stark Incompatibility: Pasolini’s ‘Africa’ and Greek Tragedy

Traditions / Subjectivities

Luca Di Blasi: One Divided by Another: Split and Conversion in Pasolini’s San Paolo
Bruno Besana: Alain Badiou’s Pasolini: The Problem of Subtractive Universalism
Hervé Joubert-Laurencin: Figura lacrima
Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky: Cinematographic Aesthetics as Subversion of Moral Reason in Pasolini’s Medea


Alain Badiou: Destruction, Negation, Subtraction
Pier Paolo Pasolini: Bandung Man / L’uomo di Bandung, trans. by Robert S.C. Gordon
Joulia Strauss: mythisnow—pasoliniandeuropetoday