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Pasolini: Poetry, Pedagogy and Politics (NEMLA)

Washington, DC
Organization: NEMLA
Event: NEMLA
Categories: Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2019-03-21 to 2019-03-24 Abstract Due: 2018-09-30

The aim of this panel would be to discuss the interconnection(s) of Pasolini's poetry (more generally artistic production), pedagogy and politics, especially taking important biographical periods into consideration: his early years in Casarsa, where he created his own school for peasant children; his “Roman” period of exposure to the “lumpenproletariat”, often of southern origins, which was at least initially contemporaneous with high school teaching, partially coinciding with a “Gramscian” phase; his greater activity in and exposure to the world of cinema; the transition away from the “Gramscian” and to a phase more oriented towards “individual reception” (ca. after the mid 1960s); and his concluding years reflecting on the “mutazione antropologica” (the Lettere luterane to Gennariello for instance) and the conclusions to be drawn from it. Example: his relationship to the works of Brecht is one of many pedagogical areas of interest.

This 50th anniversary year of NEMLA also occurs one year after the 50th anniversary of 1968. So I think the examination of these interconnected aspects of Pasolini's life and work are an especially revealing and significant way in which one can examine other protagonists of the 1960s reactions both to then contemporary events and to Pasolini himself. And “protagonists” should be read in a very inclusive way to include both individuals (Toni Negri. Asor Rosa, Sanguineti, etc.), groups (Lotta continua, Gruppo 63, etc.), media (Il Manifesto, Corriere della Sera, etc.), but also institutions (academia, ENI, festivals, etc.).



Mark Epstein