Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

byAnn Hallamore Caesar

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Luigi Pirandello is best known in the English-speaking world for his radical challenge to traditional Western theatre with plays such as Six Characters in Search of an Author. But theatre is just one manifestation of his experiments with language which led to a remarkable collection of novels,short stories, and essays as well as his work for a film industry then in its infancy. This study, which is based on the view that Pirandello's writings are most fruitfully discussed in a European context, takes as its starting-point the author's belief in the primacy of the literary character in acreative process which is necessarily conflictual. The book argues that all Pirandello's characters are engaged in a continual performance which transcends the genre distinction between narrative and dramatic forms. In this performance it is the spoken word in which the characters invest most heavily as they struggle to sustain an identity of theirown, tell their life-stories, and assert themselves before their most prominent antagonist, the author himself.

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Luigi Pirandello is best known in the English-speaking world for his radical challenge to traditional Western theatre with plays such as Six Characters in Search of an Author. But theatre is just one manifestation of his experiments with language which led to a remarkable collection of novels,short stories, and essays as well as his wo...

Ann Hallamore Caesar is at University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Note on Translations and Sources1. Real and Implied Authors2. The Rise of the Character: Six Characters and the Drama of Creativity3. Self and Other in Society: Gossip, Shame, and Scandal4. Configurations of Identity: The Family's Undoing5. Narrative Space and the Multiplying Self: The Case of Uno, nessuno e centomila6. Pirandello's Philosophers7. The Author as Director: Characters and Actors8. Performing WomenBibliographyIndex

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`This volume represents a welcome addition to the corpus of secondary literature in English on the perennially popular Pirandello ... An immensely rich, wide-ranging and meticulously documented study, this volume is a must for all scholars and students of Pirandello.'Maggie Gunsberg, Italian Studies, vol 54. 1999