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Pirandello e un mondo da ri-disegnare

Edited By Alessandra Sorrentino, Michael Rössner, Fausto De Michele and Maria Gabriella Caponi

L’ultimo volume di studi dell’EPZ (Centro Europeo di Studi Pirandelliani) vuole contribuire ad allargare l’interesse della critica pirandelliana ad aspetti teorici che tengano conto del ruolo del Sud italiano nella geopolitica mondiale odierna. La premessa ai lavori sull’opera di Luigi Pirandello presenti in questo volume è la presa d’atto della specificità di alcuni luoghi nei quali i rapporti tra culture differenti si fanno più espliciti, luoghi di frontiera a cui il Sud d’Italia appartiene di diritto. Le linee guida di questa miscellanea s’ispirano alle più innovative tendenze di quella parte della ricerca letteraria che ha elaborato un discorso sui Sud del mondo più adatto a rappresentare i processi di negoziazione culturale permanenti, che caratterizzano il mondo globalizzato in cui viviamo. Utilizzando mezzi d’indagine diversi i saggi analizzano alcuni aspetti dell’opera pirandelliana che possano farsi strumento di comprensione di un mondo dove il concetto di Sud, in letteratura e non solo, si è ampliato: un mondo da ri-disegnare.

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1. Pirandello ai tempi del border thinking (Alessandra Sorrentino)

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Alessandra Sorrentino 1. Pirandello ai tempi del border thinking abstract During recent decades, the need for a new conceptualization of the ‘South’ has become increasingly essential. The routes by which knowledge is spread have changed and the cat- egories of centre and periphery have lost some of their meaning. One of the consequences of this shift has been the problematization of the usual conceptual map proposed by Western thinking. Philosophers, literary scholars and sociologists such as Enrique Dussel, Santiago Castro Gómez, Walter Mignolo, Roberto Dainotto and Franco Cassano, among others, have rightly questioned many of the prevailing assumptions of the Western World. This investigation has exposed the dark side of the three mainstays of Western World rhetoric, namely modernity, development and progress. Through this approach the narration of modernity, development and progress has been clearly considered as the basis for many discourses, which in turn has led to many misleading images of the ‘South’. Starting from this theoretical standpoint, the following chapter aims to analyse Luigi Pirandello’s narrative work from a different perspective, in order to demonstrate that these writings hold a special place within this framework. Through analysis of some of Pirandello’s narratives, it is possible to trace the presence of another type of thinking in the south of Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I hope to demonstrate that Pirandello’s work questions the functionality of the logic which subtends the conceptual structures of the discourse of Western modernity based on the bourgeois Catholic ‘grand...

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