Calvino and the Pygmalion Paradigm

Calvino and the Pygmalion Paradigm
Author: Bridget Tompkins
Publsiher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2015-06-28
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781784623296

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Calvino and the Pygmalion Paradigm: Fashioning the Feminine in I nostri antenati and Gli amori difficili is the first book-length analysis of the representation of the feminine in Calvino’s fiction. Using the structural umbrella of the Pygmalion paradigm and using feminist interpretative techniques, this book offers interesting alternative readings of two of Calvino’s important early narrative collections. The Pygmalion paradigm concerns the creation by a male ‘artist’ of a feminine ideal and highlights the artificiality and narcissistic desire associated with the creation process. This book discusses Calvino’s active and deliberate work of self-creation, accomplished through extensive self-commentaries and exposes both the lack of importance Calvino placed on the feminine in his narratives and the relative absence of critical attention focused on this area. Relying on the analogy between Pygmalion’s pieces of ivory and Barthes’ ‘seme’ and drawing upon the ideas underlying Kristevan intertextuality, the book demonstrates that, despite Calvino’s professed lack of interest in character development, his female characters are carefully and purposefully constructed. A close reading of Calvino’s narratives, engaging directly with Freud, Lacan and the feminist psychoanalytical thinking of Kofmann, Kristeva, Kaplan and others, demonstrates how Calvino uses his female characters as foils for the existential reflections of his typically maladjusted and narcissistic male characters.

Italo Calvino and the Pygmalion Paradigm

Italo Calvino and the Pygmalion Paradigm
Author: Bridget Tompkins
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 265
Release: 2013
Genre: Women in literature
ISBN: OCLC:852800345

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This thesis explores the representation of the feminine in two of Italo Calvino's early collections, I nostri antenati and Gli amori difficili, using the Pygmalion paradigm as the theoretical framework and adopting a feminist approach. The Pygmalion paradigm concerns the creation by a male 'artist' of a feminine ideal and highlights the artificiality and selfreflecting narcissistic desire associated with the creation process. I emphasise Calvino's active and deliberate work of self-creation, accomplished through extensive selfcommentaries in which he directed critical attention as much by what he omitted to say as by what he stressed, and highlight both the lack of importance Calvino placed on the feminine in his narratives and the relative absence of critical attention focused on this area. Relying on the analogy between Pygmalion's pieces of ivory and Barthes's 'seme' and drawing upon the ideas underlying Kristevan intertextuality, I demonstrate that, despite Calvino's professed lack of interest in character development, his female characters are carefully and purposefully constructed. In this feminist reading, I illustrate that Calvino's favouring of weightless writing and economy of expression, accomplished through his use of well-recognised literary tropes, stereotypical forms and ideas, and by his borrowings from the literary canon, all of which derive from a strongly patriarchal heritage, results in female characters that overwhelmingly reflect their androcentric inspiration. Approaching through the narcissism, fetishism and Oedipal themes, and the associated fear of castration that accompanies Pygmalion's creative gesture, I reveal the substantial psychological substratum underlying Calvino's narratives and challenge his professed lack of interest in the psychological dimension. A close reading of Calvino's narratives, engaging directly with Freud, Lacan and the feminist psychoanalytical thinking of Kofmann, Kristeva, Kaplan and others, demonstrates how Calvino uses his female characters as foils for the existential reflections of his typically maladjusted and narcissistic male characters. Finally, a detailed examination of the deliberations of Calvino's rare female protagonists discloses reasoning that is, at times, androcentric to the point of being laughable to the modern female reader.

The Author in Criticism

The Author in Criticism
Author: Elio Attilio Baldi
Publsiher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2020
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781683931928

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"The Author in Criticism offers a comparative analysis of the reception and circulation of Italo Calvino's works in the United States of America, the United Kingdom and Italy, proposing new views that arise from the analysis of the different phases and faces that characterize Calvino's transnational authorial profile"--

Women Screenwriters

Women Screenwriters
Author: Jill Nelmes,Jule Selbo
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 913
Release: 2015-09-29
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781137312372

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Women Screenwriters is a study of more than 300 female writers from 60 nations, from the first film scenarios produced in 1986 to the present day. Divided into six sections by continent, the entries give an overview of the history of women screenwriters in each country, as well as individual biographies of its most influential.

Revolutionary Desire in Italian Cinema

Revolutionary Desire in Italian Cinema
Author: Luana Ciavola
Publsiher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 177
Release: 2011
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781848766808

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Revolutionary Desire in Italian Cinema is the first book to draw on psychoanalytical concepts and film theories to examine the critical tendency of Italian cinema and the way in which auteur Italian filmmakers have expressed their counter-ideological thought and criticism against Italian society. The book examines how by being committed to Italian social reality, Italian cinema expresses a desire for revolt against the status quo and the dominant ideological order. Taking as case studies Bernardo Bertolucci’s Prima della rivoluzione, Marco Bellocchio’s I pugni in tasca, Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Porcile, Nanni Moretti’s Ecce Bombo and La messa è finita, the book relies on socio-historiographical theories through which Luana Ciavola discusses how plot and characters create a sense of revolt against the both social order and values such as family, religion and bourgeois ethics. The book confirms the central role of Italian cinema in a historical and political context, insofar as it includes a substantial background which highlights aspects of Italian history never considered before in a study on Italian cinema. Revolutionary Desire in Italian Cinema is aimed at academics, researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students and all lovers of Italian cinema.

Facets of Wuthering Heights

Facets of Wuthering Heights
Author: Graeme Tytler
Publsiher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 322
Release: 2018-11-06
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781789016239

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Facets of Wuthering Heights is a collection of essays by one author concerned to throw critical light on several different facets of Emily Brontë’s masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. Although three of the essays deal partly with the historical background to the novel, the collection as a whole seeks to draw attention to Emily Brontë’s remarkable versatility as a novelist by, for example, implicitly pointing up the skill with which she has constructed the plot, the inventiveness with which she has created an astonishing variety of characters, and the brilliance with which she has made structural use of her central themes. This book is intended to encourage readers to take a fresh look at Wuthering Heights as a work of art which, far from deserving to be read merely for its extraordinary treatment of love, is, in fact, eminently notable for its author’s objective and dispassionate portrayal of a particular society and a particular set of individuals in late eighteenth-century England and beyond.

A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid

A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid
Author: John F. Miller,Carole E. Newlands
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 520
Release: 2014-09-23
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9781118876121

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A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid presents more than 30original essays written by leading scholars revealing the richdiversity of critical engagement with Ovid’s poetry thatspans the Western tradition from antiquity to the presentday. Offers innovative perspectives on Ovid’s poetry and itsreception from antiquity to the present day Features contributions from more than 30 leading scholars inthe Humanities. Introduces familiar and unfamiliar figures in the history ofOvidian reception. Demonstrates the enduring and transformative power ofOvid’s poetry into modern times.

The Nightingale Shore Murder Death of a World War I Heroine

The Nightingale Shore Murder Death of a World War I Heroine
Author: Rosemary Cook
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2014-11-30
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 192663585X

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Who killed Florence Nightingale Shore in 1920, and got away with murder? This is the true story of an unsolved crime that shocked post-War Britain Miss Shore was a nurse, like her god-mother Florence Nightingale, and had been decorated for her service in France in the First World War. Then, on a January afternoon, she was bludgeoned to death in a carriage on the Brighton line. Scotland Yard could not solve the crime, even with the help of famous criminal pathologist Sir Bernard Spilsbury. But now there are new suspects, and a shocking new theory about the murderer. About the author Rosemary Cook CBE is a former Director of the Queen's Nursing Institute and a member of the steering committee of the History of Nursing Society of the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. She lives in York. The Nightingale Shore Murder won first prize in the historical non-fiction category of the Indie Book Awards 2012.