Metaphysical Modest Proposals Manganelli dealing with Satire

  • Arianna Marelli Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Keywords: Manganelli, Satire, Swift, Metaphysics, Cannibalism.

Abstract

The article analyses Giorgio Manganelli's conception of «metaphysical satire», both in his theoretical writings (for which the most important model is Jonathan Swift), as in some concrete fictional samples. In particular, among the (posthumous edited) materials of his laboratory (in his poems, as in the draft of a narrative treatise), a theme results pervasive: the satire of divinity. Here the mocking of an unbelieved – yet still feared – deity expresses itself in a specific figure: the cannibal god, whose ferocity, underneath the mask of the grotesque, reveals all the violence the author feels in the unbearable human destiny.

Author Biography

Arianna Marelli, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Arianna Marelli studied both at the University of Pisa and at the Scuola Normale Superiore, with research periods in Saarbrücken and at the Freie Universität of Berlin. Specialized in Contemporary Italian Literature, she discussed in March 2016 her PhD (perfezionamento) at the Scuola Normale, with a thesis regarding the Bildung and first critical and narrative exercises of Giorgio Manganelli. At present, she’s working as author of cultural documentaries. On various occasions, she discussed cases of ‘literary relationships’, like Zanzotto and Celan, Celati and Hölderlin. She published articles concerning Manganelli and the poetry of Milo De Angelis, as well as essays on Primo Levi’s translation of Kafka and the satire in Heinrich Heine and Wilhelm Busch.

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Published
2016-11-30
How to Cite
Marelli, A. (2016). Metaphysical Modest Proposals Manganelli dealing with Satire. Between, 6(12). https://doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/2227
Section
With God or Against God, but Never without God. The Laugh in Writing (and Rewriting)