Sex,The Self and the Sacred: Women in the Cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Colleen Ryan-Scheutz

© 2007

Born in Bologna in 1922, filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of the most controversial European intellectuals of his time. Pasolini believed the 'authentic' Italy - with its many languages and subcultures, its ancient roots and idiosyncrasies - to be disappearing before his eyes, and he used his films to denounce the social and ideological forces he felt were responsible for this detrimental change. Rather than campaign with overtly political films, however, Pasolini vested ideological impetus in key film characters, many of whom were women.

Drawing upon Italy's distinct socio-cultural history as well as feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to film, Colleen Ryan-Scheutz explores the ways in which Pasolini's representations of women reveal his concerns about purity in modern Italian society. Ryan-Scheutz demonstrates how Pasolini used his female figures onscreen to critique the ruling class from a decisively different perspective and propose a range of alternatives to the increasingly sterile and capitalistic world of Italy and the West. Providing a new critical approach to Pasolini studies, Sex, the Self, and the Sacred brings psychoanalytic and feminist theories to bear on the auteur's lifelong poetics and theoretical writings on cinema.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Illustrations: 10
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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Drawing upon Italy’s distinct socio-cultural history as well as feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to film, Colleen Ryan-Scheutz explores the ways in which Pasolini’s representations of women reveal his concerns about the corruption of modern society.

Sex,The Self and the Sacred: Women in the Cinema of Pier Paolo Pasolini

Colleen Ryan-Scheutz

© 2007

Born in Bologna in 1922, filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was one of the most controversial European intellectuals of his time. Pasolini believed the 'authentic' Italy - with its many languages and subcultures, its ancient roots and idiosyncrasies - to be disappearing before his eyes, and he used his films to denounce the social and ideological forces he felt were responsible for this detrimental change. Rather than campaign with overtly political films, however, Pasolini vested ideological impetus in key film characters, many of whom were women.

Drawing upon Italy's distinct socio-cultural history as well as feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to film, Colleen Ryan-Scheutz explores the ways in which Pasolini's representations of women reveal his concerns about purity in modern Italian society. Ryan-Scheutz demonstrates how Pasolini used his female figures onscreen to critique the ruling class from a decisively different perspective and propose a range of alternatives to the increasingly sterile and capitalistic world of Italy and the West. Providing a new critical approach to Pasolini studies, Sex, the Self, and the Sacred brings psychoanalytic and feminist theories to bear on the auteur's lifelong poetics and theoretical writings on cinema.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Illustrations: 10
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    'Sex, the Self, and the Sacred amounts to nothing less than a rethinking of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s entire corpus from a psychoanalytically informed feminist perspective. By focusing on female characters as embodiments of primal origins, authenticity, and an epic-religious approach to representation, Colleen Ryan-Scheutz gives a gendered slant to Pasolini’s critique of today’s desecrated cultural landscape. This is an exhaustively researched, generously annotated, clearly written, and compelling book.'
    Millicent Marcus
    Department of Italian, Yale University
  • Author Information

    Colleen Ryan-Scheutz is the director of the Italian Language Program and an associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction

    1 Susanna Pasolini and the Female Universe
    2 Mothers
    3 Prostitutes
    4 Daughters
    5 Saints
    6 Sinners
    7 Salò and Petrolio
    Appendix: Filmography of Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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