The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 2009 - Social Science - 424 pages
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Italian novelist, poet, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was brutally killed in Rome in 1975, a macabre end to a career that often explored humanity’s capacity for violence and cruelty. Along with the mystery of his murderer’s identity, Pasolini left behind a controversial but acclaimed oeuvre as well as a final quartet of beguiling projects that signaled a radical change in his aesthetics and view of reality. The Resurrection of the Body is an original and compelling interpretation of these final works: the screenplay Saint Paul, the scenario for Porn-Theo-Colossal, the immense and unfinished novel Petrolio, and his notorious final film, SalÚ or the 120 Days of Sodom, a disturbing adaptation of the writings of the Marquis de Sade. Together these works, Armando Maggi contends, reveal Pasolini’s obsession with sodomy and its role within his apocalyptic view of Western society. One of the first studies to explore the ramifications of Pasolini’s homosexuality, The Resurrection of the Body also breaks new ground by putting his work into fruitful conversation with an array of other thinkers such as Freud, Strindberg, Swift, Henri Michaux, and Norman O. Brown.

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INTRODUCTION Sodom Its Inhabitants and ItsLanguage in Pasolinis Final Works
Pasolinis SelfPortrait in the Film Project Saint Paul
The Scenario PornTheoColossal
To Preach a New Word of Abjuration in Petrolio
4 To Give Birth in Salo and Sades The 120 Days of Sodom
Metamorphosis in Mario Mieli and Pasolini
A Basic Biography

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Armando Maggi is professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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