Mapping Complexity: Literature and Science in the Works of Italo Calvino

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2005 - Authors, Italian - 209 pages
This book presents an analysis of the dialogue of literature and science that forms a central part of the work of Italo Calvino, one of Italy's best known contemporary authors. It provides an in-depth study of Calvino's interest in scientific models and methods and the ways these have informed his narratives.
 

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Contents

Italo Calvino an author between modernity
1
Cosmicomic visions
24
The cosmicomical stories
30
mathematics as metalanguage
40
Order and disorder
46
Mr Palomars discourse on method
55
Palomars discourse on method
61
catalogues and lists
69
Methods and models
77
The world as book
117
The utopia of powderfine dust
133
Bibliography
165
Notes
177
Index
199
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Kerstin Pilz is Cassamarca Lecturer in the Department of French, Italian and Spanish Studies at the University of Melbourne.

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