Fictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, Fascisms by Simona BondavalliFictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, Fascisms by Simona Bondavalli

Fictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, Fascisms

bySimona Bondavalli

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Fictions of Youth is a comprehensive examination of adolescence as an aesthetic, sociological, and ideological category in Pier Paolo Pasolini's prose, poetry, and cinema. Simona Bondavalli's book explores the multiple ways in which youth, real and imagined, shaped Pasolini's poetics and critical positions and shows how Pasolini's works became the basis for representations of contemporary young people, particularly Italians. From Pasolini's own coming of age under Fascism in the 1940s to the consumer capitalism of the 1970s, youth stood for innocence, vitality, and rebellion. Pasolini's representations of youth reflected and shaped those ideas.

Offering a systematic treatment of youth and adolescence within Pasolini's eclectic body of work, Fictions of Youth provides both a broad overview of the changing nature of youth within Italian modernity and an in-depth study of Pasolini's significant contribution to that transformation.

Simona Bondavalli is an associate professor in the Department of Italian at Vassar College.
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Title:Fictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, FascismsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:May 4, 2015Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442627077

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Giovinezza, or The Best of Youth

2. Being Young: Bildung, Development, and Growing Up Ragazzi

3. Looking Back in Longing: Lost Youth, Teddy-Boys, and Il sogno di una cosa

4. Revolutionary Youth: From the Page, to the Streets, to the Screen

5. Fatherless Youth: Fathers, Children, Orphans

6. Giovani Infelici: Consumer, Disobedient, Unhappy Youth

Epilogue: Coming of Age as Sadists: Salò and the Repudiation of Youth

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Fictions of Youth is a comprehensive examination of adolescence as an aesthetic, sociological, and ideological category in Pier Paolo Pasolini's prose, poetry, and cinema. Simona Bondavalli's book explores the multiple ways in which youth, real and imagined, shaped Pasolini's poetics and critical positions and shows how Pasolini's works became the basis for representations of contemporary young people, particularly Italians. From Pasolini's own coming of age under Fascism in the 1940s to the consumer capitalism of the 1970s, youth stood for innocence, vitality, and rebellion. Pasolini's representations of youth reflected and shaped those ideas.Offering a systematic treatment of youth and adolescence within Pasolini's eclectic body of work, Fictions of Youth provides both a broad overview of the changing nature of youth within Italian modernity and an in-depth study of Pasolini's significant contribution to that transformation."Fictions of Youth adds a vital new chapter to the formidable body of scholarship on Pier Paolo Pasolini. Readers of this book will never again be able to watch a Pasolini film, or read his writings, without a heightened awareness of the fraught presence of his ragazzi and the social, existential, and poetic issues that they raise." - Millicent Marcus, Department of Italian, Yale University