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L’Eleganza è frigida e L’Empire des signes

Un sogno fatto in Giappone
  • Dalila Colucci,

Troppo occidentale per l’enigma-Giappone: it is with these words (meaning “Too Western for the Japan-enigma”) that Goffredo Parise, in the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera” of 16th April 1984, titled his bitter review of L'Empire des signes by Roland Barthes, written more than ten years earlier but published in Italy by Einaudi only then, four years after its author’s death. Parise loved Japan, where he had stayed for over a month in 1980, and from that experience had drawn his last, great reportage: L’Eleganza è frigida. It was this Japan-enthusiast part of him who accused Barthes and his obsessive semiologic analysis of distorting the essence of Japanese culture, imbued with Zen thought and intolerant to any structural reading. Starting from a suggestive posthumous criticism, this book proposes an unprecedented comparative journey through two twentieth-century readings which are apparently irreconcilable, yet curiously converging in the collection and re-invention of the exotic literary topos of Japan, seen as poetic and existential utopia.

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Dalila Colucci

Harvard University, United States

Dalila Colucci was awarded a PhD in Modern Philological and Linguistic Disciplines at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, with a thesis on the poetry of Carlo Emilio Gadda, and is currently finishing her second PhD in Italian Studies at Harvard University. She has studied the relationships between prose and poetry in twentieth-century writers, publishing the monograph Nessuno crede al merlo d’acqua. Le ultime poesie di Goffredo Parise (Cosmo Iannone 2011); she edited the bilingual edition of the same poems: Goffredo Parise, Poèmes, Cahiers de l'Hôtel de Galliffet 2016. She is also the author of the entry "Pascoli" for theEnciclopedia Gaddiana, edited by Federica Pedriali, and of numerous critical essays (on Piovene, Gadda and Antonioni, among others). She was among the organizers of the exhibition In Africa it is Another Story: Looking Back at Italian Colonialism (Harvard University 2014).
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Book Title

L’Eleganza è frigida e L’Empire des signes

Book Subtitle

Un sogno fatto in Giappone

Authors

Dalila Colucci

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

184

Publication Year

2016

Copyright Information

© 2016 Author(s)

Content License

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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Publisher Name

Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/978-88-6453-376-6

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978-88-6453-375-9

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978-88-6453-376-6

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978-88-6453-377-3

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978-88-9273-282-7

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Studi e saggi

Series ISSN

2704-6478

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2704-5919

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