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Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean$
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Franco Cassano, Norma Bouchard, and Valerio Ferme

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233649

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233649.001.0001

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Pier Paolo Pasolini: Life as Oxymoron

Pier Paolo Pasolini: Life as Oxymoron

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(p.85) Chapter 6 Pier Paolo Pasolini: Life as Oxymoron
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Southern Thought and Other Essays on the Mediterranean
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Franco Cassano

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233649.003.0007

In this chapter, the author, using author and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini's life and writings as a point of departure, discusses his sexual diversity acts as a catalyst to question the centrality of certain Western imperatives. He also accounts for Pasolini's evolving thoughts on politics, fatherhood, and the sacred. For Pasolini, to remain in the oxymoron means much more than to be tied to his diversity. It means instead to exalt and superimpose the many forms of antithesis and contradiction, to live a life far from those that found a home in it and judge the world from that vantage point, even when this home is the uncomfortable and painful one of “diversity.” The “Jewish” Franco Fortini looks suspiciously at Pasolini's “Catholic” psychology and at the “nexus populism–aristocratism,” the softness and the sweetness, the willingness to absolve oneself that lies in waiting behind every uncontrolled and public exhibition of his pain and guilt. The chapter also discusses the friction of passion and the distance of humor, paternity and institutions, and desacralization.

Keywords:   Pier Paolo Pasolini, oxymoron, contradiction, Franco Fortini, sexual diversity, politics, fatherhood, sacred, desacralization, guilt

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