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Artmaking in the Age of Global CapitalismVisual Practices, Philosophy, Politics$
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Jan Bryant

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456944.001.0001

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Encounter One: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Italo Calvino

Encounter One: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Italo Calvino

(p.42) 5 Encounter One: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Italo Calvino
Artmaking in the Age of Global Capitalism

Jan Bryant

Edinburgh University Press

Through the letters of Pasolini and Calvino, this chapter delves into the different political paths that they each took. While Pasolini wrote of his disappointment with his age and politics, Calvino by this stage has withdrawn from political life to become part of the French structuralist group, Oulip. In recognition of the voids that open up between text and world, the group’s investigations into the structures of language systems aligns with what has been called ‘the linguistic turn’ in late 20th century European philosophy. Pasolini considers that such a move is a deflection from directly approaching the inequalities of class. In return, Calvino censures Pasolini for making films because they are so far from slow reading and reflection. [118]

Keywords:   Pasolini, Calvino, Ouvroir de littérature potentielle (Oulipo), The Linguistic turn, Literature, Poetry, Filmmaking

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