Fictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, Fascisms

By Simona Bondavalli

© 2015

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.

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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.

Fictions of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adolescence, Fascisms

By Simona Bondavalli

© 2015

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.

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Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Bondavalli is to be congratulated for providing such a comprehensive, meticulously researched, and incisive contextual analysis of the treatment and significance of the category of youth in Pasolini’s oeuvre.’


    Fabio Vighi
    Modern Language Review vol 112:03:2017

    “Simona Bondavalli offers a fresh and compelling perspective on Pasolini’s cultural legacy through the prism of his evolving engagement with the discourse of youth over the course of his career as writer and filmmaker.  Painstakingly researched, astutely argued, and rich in sociohistorical context, this book is an indispensable guide to Pasolini’s artistic process and to the social world he inhabited.”


    Aine O'Healy, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola Marymount University

    “This is a rich, rigorous, and engaging book, both easy and enjoyable to read. Bondavalli has done outstanding work following her subject across so many different written and artistic genres: poetry, narrative, newspaper columns, philosophical essays, pedagogical treatises, films, and more.”


    Colleen Ryan, Department of French and Italian, Indiana University

    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
  • Author Information

    Simona Bondavalli is an associate professor in the Department of Italian at Vassar College.
  • 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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