Francesco Gallina

«Macro fino alla disumanità»: For a Pasolinian “Incorporationµ of Dante

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The essay examines devices and modalities of the Dantean “incorporationµ through which Pasolini feeds his own contradictory autobiographical construction in his last creative season. Pasolini stands up as a new Dante from a moral and physiognomic point of view, as demonstrated for example by the description of the she-wolf in La Divina Mimesis, the self-portrait drawn up in Petrolio’s Note 99 and, before that, the reuse of the adjective «macro» in La volontà di Dante a essere poeta, thus creating a significant intertextual link with Par., XXV 3. Like Divina Commedia, Petrolio rises to Vas, prophetic instrument and “world workµ characterized by performative processes of dilatatio and dissolutio that subject form and language to a radical tension towards the inexpressible, generating a «nuovo ludo» that can be interpreted polysemically starting from Inf., XXII 118.


  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • La Mortaccia
  • L’
  • Opera dell’
  • Inferno
  • La Divina Mimesis
  • Poesia in forma di rosa
  • La volontà di Dante a essere poeta
  • La mala mimesi
  • Res sunt nomina
  • Petrolio
  • Dante
  • Vita nova
  • Divina Commedia
  • Philippe Sollers


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