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Power and Subjectivity in the Late Work of Roland Barthes and Pier Paolo Pasolini

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Viola Brisolin

Roland Barthes and Pier Paolo Pasolini were two of the most eclectic cultural personalities of the past century, as elusive as they were influential. Despite the glaring differences between them, they also shared a number of preoccupations, obsessions and creative approaches. Certain themes recur insistently in the works of both men: the pervasiveness of power and the violence inherent in the modernising process; the possibility of freedom and subjective autonomy; and the role of creative practices in a society configured as a desert of alienation. Despite this common ground, no systematic attempt at reading the two authors together has been made before now. This book explores this uncharted territory by comparing these two intellectual figures, focusing in particular on the similarities and productive tensions that emerge in their late works. Psychoanalysis plays a key role in the articulation of this comparison.

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Adorno, Theodor W. 77 n, 91, 110–12, 221 n agape 232, 237–8, 266, 269–70 see also caritas aggression, spirit of 8, 13, 16, 66–9, 84, 99, 102, 148–9, 186 n, 194, 197, 204–6 see also libido dominandi Althusser, Louis 3, 5, 23, 34, 69–70, 80, 81, 153 Antigone 14, 81, 141–5, 151–2, 154, 177 Anzoino, Tommaso 196, 206 Arendt, Hannah 105 autonomy ego and 166, 194 subjectivity and 1, 2 10, 12, 13, 90, 115, 130, 183 ethics and 56, 126 textuality and 251–2 reason and 103, 109, 113 see also freedom avant-garde 32–3, 76–7, 160, 164, 170–1, 174–6 Bachmann, Gideon 91, 94 Bakhtin, Mikhail M. 62–4, 129 Baranski, Zygmut G. 11, 21 barbarism 22, 49, 206, 146 progress and 224 n, 86 institutions and 38, 110 Barthes, Roland ‘Analyse textuelle d’un conte de Poe’ 173–4 La Chambre claire 1, 15, 189, 21–2, 217–20 Comment vivre ensemble 118 n Critique et vérité 210, 217 Le Degré zéro de l’écriture 8, 9, 56, 62 n, 63, 64, 76, 129 n, 231 ‘Délibération’ 217, 230–1 ‘La division des langages’ 2 n, 61–3, 65, 68, 116–17, 129, 216 L’Empire des signes 122–3, 174 n Essais critiques 183–7, 238 n, 251 n Fragments d’un discours amoureux 8, 9, 15, 71–4, 119–22, 134, 139, 163, 180–2, 185, 187–9, 191–3, 197, 201, 202,...

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