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Contents Acknowledgements vii List of Abbreviations ix Introduction 1 Chapter 1 On Power, History and Mourning 19 Pasolini’s ‘Industrial Entropy’: Historical Break and the Totality of Power 19 ‘Le langage est un huis clos’: The Totality of Power/Language According to Barthes 50 Power, Ideology and the Return of the Past: A Critique and a Defence 78 Chapter 2 Two Versions of Sade 89 Interpretations of Sade: On the (Im)materiality of Fantasies of Violence 89 An Endless Obligation 94 ‘Il lager dove tutto è trasgressione’ 106 Sade Unbound? The Logothete 115 Repetition, Invention, Suspension 125 Chapter 3 From Jouissance to Suspension 137 Introduction 137 Porcile and the Ethics of Jouissance 140 Le Plaisir du texte: Pleasure, Jouissance and Suspension 159 vi Chapter 4 Deadly Attachments: Love and Grief 179 The Subject as Monad. Love and Trauma 179 Pasolini’s Personal and Cultural Mourning: The Obdurate Attachement to Grief 195 Mourning the Living and the Dead. From Acedia to the Quest for a Vita nuova 210 Mourning and Creativity 218 Chapter 5 The Novel: Project, Fantasy, Violence 227 Towards the Novel 227 Ideal Ego, Ego-ideal and Montage 235 On Petrolio 249 Conclusion: In Praise of Montage and Completion 267 Afterword 273 Bibliography 275 Index 291
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