Cite as: Patricia Cavalli, ‘Conversazione’, discussion presented at the conference The Power of Disturbance: Around Elsa Morante’s Aracoeli, ICI Berlin, 12 April 2008, video recording, mp4, 35:43 <https://doi.org/10.25620/e080412-1>
Discussion
12 Apr 2008

Conversazione

By Patricia Cavalli
Zum Abschluss des Symposiums The Power of Disturbance: Around Elsa Morante’s Aracoeli berichtet die Dichterin Patrizia Cavalli über ihre Freundschaft mit Elsa Morante und deren Einfluss auf die eigene Lyrik, von dem sie in einem Interview einmal gesagt hat: »An einem bestimmten Punkt meines Lebens, hat mir eine Person, der ich vertraute, gesagt, dass ich eine Dichterin sei. Und ich habe ihr geglaubt.«Patrizia Cavalli wurde 1947 in Todi geboren und lebt seit 1968 in Rom. Nach dem Studium der Philosophie begann sie, ermutigt und bestärkt von Elsa Morante, ihre Laufbahn als Dichterin. Sie gehört heute zu den bedeutendsten weiblichen Stimmen der Lyrik ihrer Generation.

Ihre Werke sind bei Einaudi erschienen: Le mie poesie non cambieranno il mondo (1974) , Il cielo (1981), Poesie 1974-1992 (1992), Sempre aperto teatro (1999), La guardiana (2005) und Pigre divinità e pigra sorte (2006).

Venue

ICI Berlin
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Organized by

in Kooperation mit dem Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Berlino Eine Veranstaltung des ICI Berlin

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:35:43
First published on: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/patrizia-cavalli/
Aracoeli (1982) is the last novel written by Elsa Morante (1912-85), one of the most significant Italian writers of the twentieth century. From Menzogna e sortilegio (1948) and L’isola di Arturo (1957) to La Storia (1974), Morante became an increasingly important author, provoking animated debates in the Italian and European literary and cultural milieux. Her final novel, by contrast, was received with profound aversion and almost unanimously dismissed as a desperate writer’s self-destructive attempt at a tragic parody of everything she had previously written.

If it is indeed true that Aracoeli returns to topics fundamental to all of Morante’s texts and questions them in an often disturbing manner, our hypothesis is that the novel cannot be reduced to a deep expression of despair, but, rather, succeeds in confronting crucial philosophical and epistemological questions in an original and profound way: through its narrative inquiry into the relationship between mother and child, Morante’s text creates a ‘hallucinatory’ representation of the original mother-child dyad, questioning the classical distinction between subject and object and offering a theory for the genesis of language and meaning.

The protagonist’s journey to Spain in search of his dead mother forms the poetic and theoretical nucleus for the novel’s manifold perspectives and motifs that contaminate and disrupt literary, psycho-analytic and political paradigms as well as categories of identity, gender and sexuality. In particular, the novel’s intricate structure allows different levels to interact with one another, producing asymmetries and contrasts that represent a form of resistance towards the hegemonic and totalizing claims of the logos.

The Berlin symposium sought to re-evaluate the complexity of Morante’s novel by reflecting on the manifold tensions that it stages and that are also present in contemporary philosophical discourse (from feminist to queer to political theory) and authors. It included an international conference combining scholars from different disciplines and cultural traditions, a staged reading and a talk by the poet Patrizia Cavalli.

Venue

ICI Berlin
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With

Francesca Cadel
Claude Cazalé
Mimma Congedo
Astrid Deuber-Mankowsky
Agnese Grieco
Christoph Holzhey
Vittorio Lingiardi
Elisa Martinez Garrido
Florian Mussgnug
Sergio Parussa
Giuseppe Stellardi
Rebecca West

Organized by

Manuele Gragnolati
Sara Fortuna

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