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Call for papers “1922-2022. Pasolini and freedom of expression. Language, style, power” for Annali d’Italianistica (vol. 40, 2022). Guest Editors: Paolo Desogus, Davide Luglio, Enrico Minardi, Colleen M. Ryan.


To mark the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s birth, Annali d’Italianistica will dedicate its 40th volume to Pasolini’s work, giving particular attention to connections among the expressive systems, stylistic forms, and discourses of power present in his literature, films, journalism, and theoretical texts. The goal is to collect essays that focus on the question of artistic freedom that Pasolini examined through his study of the social and political possibilities that a given linguistic and cultural context opposed to artistic expression. In this sense, the collected works will analyze the paths and modalities that Pasolini explored to defend the artistic gesture from the processes of alienation and homologation promoted by hegemonic culture. In this light, emphasis will be given to (1) the study of the complex, and sometimes contradictory, relationship between theoretical essays, such as those in Passion and Ideology and Heretic Empiricism, and in Pasolini’s literary and cinematic works; (2) to the analysis of Pasolini’s experimental works, that is, those literary texts and films in which the author reflects on the expressive form or in which the author explicitly problematizes issues of semiotic, linguistic or theoretical-literary nature (e.g. Romans, L’Italiano è ladro, La Ricotta, Alì dagli occhi azzurri, Teorema, Appunti per un’Orestiade africana, La Divina mimesis, Petrolio); and, finally (3) to articles that identify connections between the poetic issues inherent in the theme of free expression and the sources, both theoretical and critical (e.g. Ascoli, Auerbach, Contini, Gramsci, Goldmann, Jakobson, Šklovskij, Spitzer) that Pasolini re-read in an original and political way, with the intent of bringing the question of language and style back to the discourses on power that get reaffirmed in certain historical moments.


The volume will appear in the fall of 2022. The deadline for final submissions is October 15, 2021. Interested scholars may contact any one of the guest editors and send an abstract (max 300 words) by February 28, 2021. Proposals received after this date will still be considered, as long as the final article can be ready for publication by October 15, 2021. Essays may be written in English or Italian and should not exceed 40,000 characters, including spaces. Paolo Desogus ( Luglio ( Minardi ( M. Ryan (  

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