‘Differently Queer: Sexuality and Aesthetics in Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante’
Research Seminar with Professor Manuele Gragnolati (Somerville College, Oxford)
4pm-7pm, Thursday 16 October 2014, University of Manchester, University Place 3.211
(organised by Dr Francesca Billiani, Italian)
This paper explores the analogies and differences in the aesthetics of the late works by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Elsa Morante. Both authors mobilize a contorted, inverted, and suspended temporality that resists linearity and teleology and, instead, allows for the articulation of paradoxical pleasures that cannot be inscribed in a normative logics of development, conversion, or productivity. In this sense the late aesthetics of Pasolini and Morante replicates a queer form of sexuality, but while in the case of Pasolini it enacts self-shattering and oblivion, it embraces inversion, fluidity, and memory in the case of Morante.
The paper will be followed by a discussion of the reading (see below), as well as Professor Gragnolati’s new book, Amor che move. Linguaggio del corpo e forma del desiderio in Dante, Pasolini e Morante (Milan: il Saggiatore, 2013). The event will close with a wine reception at Kro bar from 7pm.
Gragnolati, Manuele, ‘Analogy and Difference: Multistable Figures in Pasolini’s Appunti per un’Orestiade Africana’, in The Scandal of Self-Contradiction: Pasolini’s Multistable Subjectivities, Geographies, Traditions, ed. by Luca di Blasi, Manuele Gragnolati, and Christoph F. E. Holzhey (Berlin: Verlag Turia & Kant, 2012), pp. 119-134
The event is supported by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL), The University of Manchester. For more on this seminar, please visit here.