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Annovi revisits Pasolini’s oeuvre to examine the author’s performance as a way of assuming an antagonistic stance toward forms of artistic, social, and cultural oppression.
Gian Maria Annovi is assistant professor of French and Italian and gender studies at the University of Southern California.
Manuele Gragnolati, Université Paris-Sorbonne:Through an impressive analysis of Pier Paolo Pasolini's engagement with different media and genres, from poetry to novels, from theatre to cinema, from photography to painting, Annovi's Performing Authorship reassesses the significance of the authorial presence in Pasolini's uvre and offers an original and compelling take the political stance of his queer, unsettling, and provocative aesthetics.
Patrick Rumble, University of Wisconsin:In this challenging book on one of Italy's greatest modern artists, Annovi's priority is to push the reception of Pasolini's work beyond dominant theoretical paradigms, and to recover the critical potential of the idea of creative authorship. Annovi's project is presented, in its theoretical ambitions, as nothing less than the death of the post-structuralist "death of the author" – and thus as an invitation to open Pasolini's heretical auteurism to new opportunities for aesthetic and ideological understanding.
Lucia Re, University of California, Los Angeles:Annovi's is the first book to assess Pier Paolo Pasolini's multidisciplinary production across a variety of media. Drawing on theories of authorship and authority, queer theory, and theories of spectacle and performance, the book probes Pasolini's creation of an ever-shifting, reactive and rebellious authorial persona. His is an attempt–Annovi persuasively shows–to undermine his audiences' assumptions about power, sharpening their critical ability to question the political and social status quo. This is a compelling, original, and fascinating work of scholarship.
Alessia Ricciardi, Northwestern University:Gian Maria Annovi's book brilliantly enlarges our understanding of Pasolini's urgency as a modern artist. With brio and erudition, Annovi argues that, by embracing different media throughout his career, including writing, film, theatre, and painting, Pasolini undertakes a deliberate, vibrant performance of authorship, resulting in a continuing presence that still haunts and provokes us today.
Armando Maggi, University of Chicago:Gian Maria Annovi provides an original, insightful assessment of the theme of authorship, which lies at the core of Pasolini's poetics. Examining this issue from a series of different perspectives, and skilfully navigating through the ocean of Pasolini's literary and visual corpus, Annovi's book shows remarkable intellectual bravura...Pier Paolo Pasolini represents a new, vital phase in Pasolini studies.
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