Carlo Levi's Visual Poetics: The Painter as Writer

Hardcover | October 16, 2012

byGiovanna Faleschini Lerner

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What does it mean for a painter to remain a visual artist even as a writer? Carlo Levi's Visual Poetics engages this question through a critical re-examination of one of the most influential Italian intellectuals of the twentieth century, the painter and writer Carlo Levi. Reading Levi's major texts through the lens of his philosophical and critical essays, the author explores the ways in which the productive dialogue between word and image inherent in his works becomes an instrument of literary and political subversion and contributes to the development of Levi's original humanistic cultural program.

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What does it mean for a painter to remain a visual artist even as a writer? Carlo Levi's Visual Poetics engages this question through a critical re-examination of one of the most influential Italian intellectuals of the twentieth century, the painter and writer Carlo Levi. Reading Levi's major texts through the lens of his philosophica...

Giovanna Faleschini Lerner is an assistant professor of Italian at Franklin & Marshall College. She is a scholar of twentieth-century Italian literature and cinema.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 8.87 × 5.71 × 0.74 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230390641

ISBN - 13:9780230390645

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Carlo Levi's Visual Poetics * Carlo Levi's New Humanism * The Magic of Painting in Cristo si è fermato a Eboli* L'Orologio: The Challenge of Time * Portraits of the South in Le parole sono pietreand Tutto il miele è finito* Quaderno a cancelli: The Space of Memory