Proper names and average men. The novel, human sciences, democracy

  • Guido Mazzoni University of Siena
Keywords: novel, social sciences, democracy, statistics, history of private life


The rise of the genre that now we call the novel is contemporary to the development of human sciences and statistics. However, the discoursive formations of the novel and the human sciences are in many respects opposite: the novel justifies itself by presenting itself as a history of private life, as the genre of the individual; the human sciences and the statistics report individuals to the icy identity of concepts and numbers. It is as if, at the very moment in which the right to differences affirms itself, the differences were traced to the identity of the universal forces that act around and through individuals. What does this dialectic mean? What does this dialectic allows us to understand?


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Author Biography

Guido Mazzoni, University of Siena

Guido Mazzoni (1967) has written the essays Forma e solitudine [Form and Loneliness] (Marcos y Marcos 2002), Sulla poesia moderna [On Modern Poetry] (Il Mulino 2005), [Theory of the Novel] (Il Mulino 2011), English translation forthcoming in 2016, and I destini generali [The General Destinies] (Laterza 2015), and the books of poetry La scomparsa del respiro dopo la caduta [The disappearance of breath after the fall] (in Poesia contemporanea. Terzo quaderno italiano, edited by Franco Buffoni, Guerini, 1992) and I mondi [The Worlds] (Donzelli, 2010). He co-founded the literary website «Le parole e le cose». He teaches literature at the University of Siena. 

How to Cite
Mazzoni, G. (1). Proper names and average men. The novel, human sciences, democracy. Between, 5(10).
Narratives and Imaginaries in Politics and History