The Eloquence of Ghosts: Giorgio Manganelli and the Afterlife of the Avant-Garde by Florian MussgnugThe Eloquence of Ghosts: Giorgio Manganelli and the Afterlife of the Avant-Garde by Florian Mussgnug

The Eloquence of Ghosts: Giorgio Manganelli and the Afterlife of the Avant-Garde

byFlorian Mussgnug

Paperback | July 28, 2010

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Giorgio Manganelli (1922-1990), one of Italy’s most radical and original writers, went further than most in exploring the creative possibilities of hybrid genres and open forms. Ostentation, theatricality, and a love of drapery and verbal excess are defining features of his body of work, which ranges from prose fiction, literary criticism, and drama to travel writing, treatises, commentaries, and imaginary interviews.
This study examines the wealth of Manganelli’s imagination – his grotesque animals, speaking corpses, and melancholy spectres – and argues that his spectacular eloquence was shaped by an exceptional awareness of literary and philosophical models. Following Manganelli’s lead, the author addresses issues such as the boundaries of meaningful language, the relationship between literary and visual texts, fantasy and realism, and the power of literature to express the apprehensions and intimations of human consciousness.
Florian Mussgnug is Lecturer in Italian Literature at University College London. His publications include Lutero e la riforma protestante (2003), Folly: Special Issue of Comparative Critical Studies (2008, co-edited with Lucia Boldrini), and Postmodern Impegno: Ethics and Commitment in Contemporary Italian Culture (2009, co-edited with...
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Title:The Eloquence of Ghosts: Giorgio Manganelli and the Afterlife of the Avant-GardeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:6 × 9 × 1 inPublished:July 28, 2010Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039118358

ISBN - 13:9783039118359

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Table of Contents

Contents: Giorgio Manganelli – Avant-garde – Experimental literature – Modernism – Literary theory Neoavanguardia – Gruppo 63 – Possible-world theory – Philosophy of language – Anti-realism – Storytelling – Language games – Nonsense literature – Fantasy – Minimalism – Solipsism – Italo Calvino – Ludwig Wittgenstein – Roland Barthes – Vladimir Nabokov – Jorge Luis Borges – Hamlet – Apocalypse fiction – Ghosts.

Editorial Reviews

«Anyone who has an interest in Manganelli and in avant-garde movements should read it.»
(Alessio Baldini, Modern Language Review, Vol.110, 2015)