Journal article

NOT ENOUGH OF AN ARTIST? MYTH, PEDAGOGY AND RHETORIC IN CARLO MICHELSTAEDTER'S POEM I FIGLI DEL MARE

Malcolm Angelucci

Forum Italicum A Journal of Italian Studies | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2012

Abstract

Inside the European crisis of the beginning of the Twentieth Century, the young philosopher, writer and artist Carlo Michelstaedter (1887-1910) provides one of the most radical and all-encompassing critiques of the inadequacy and rhetorical nature of language and the systems of thought which are based on it; at the same time, however, this critique is articulated inside language, leaving Michelstaedter to face the impossibility of his endeavor. This article starts from this paradox, arguing that the struggle against language should be interpreted also in light of Michelstaedter's experimentation with different genres and media; in this sense, form and content, style and theories of style and..

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