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Italian novelist, poet, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was brutally killed in Rome in 1975, a macabre end to a career that often explored humanity's capacity for violence and cruelty. Along with the mystery of his murderer's identity, Pasolini left behind a controversial but acclaimed oeuvre as well as a final quartet of beguiling projects that signaled a radical change in his aesthetics and view of reality."The Resurrection of the Body" is an original and compelling interpretation of these final works: the screenplay 'Saint Paul', the scenario for "Porn-Theo-Colossal", the immense and unfinished novel "Petrolio", and his notorious final film, "Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom", a disturbing adaptation of the writings of the Marquis de Sade. Together these works, Armando Maggi contends, reveal Pasolini's obsession with sodomy and its role within his apocalyptic view of Western society. One of the first studies to explore the ramifications of Pasolini's homosexuality, "The Resurrection of the Body" also breaks new ground by putting his work into fruitful conversation with an array of other thinkers such as Freud, Strindberg, Swift, Henri Michaux, and Norman O. Brown.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226501345
ISBN-10: 0226501345
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 33mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 18-May-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Armando Maggi

Armando Maggi is professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, In the Company of Demons: Unnatural Beings, Love, and Identity in the Italian Renaissance, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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