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The Resurrection of the BodyPier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade$
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Armando Maggi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226501345

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226501369.001.0001

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“A Diluted Reel of Film in My Brain”

“A Diluted Reel of Film in My Brain”

To Preach a New “Word of Abjuration” in Petrolio

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The Resurrection of the Body

Armando Maggi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the theme of form, which Pasolini identifies as the foundation of his novel, Petrolio. The author's initial claim that Petrolio is less about a plot than about the birth of a form is usually not taken as the actual foundation of the novel; it is examined as a philosophical statement that is often independent of the events narrated in the text. Consistent with the apocalyptic themes studied in the previous chapters, it is argued that this context “to give birth to a form,” as Pasolini says, signifies a sequence of interrelated concepts: a new way of seeing reality, but also the form of a new reality and the form of a new organism—the fetus of a new humanity. In other words, Petrolio is about the formation of a new world and a new way of inhabiting it.

Keywords:   Pier Paolo Pasolini, Petrolio, form, borth, reality, new world

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