This study presents a distinctly new interpretation of key works by Luigi Pirandello and Alberto Moravia that dramatizes the identity crisis of the individual, a theme that figures so prominently in twentieth-century literature. Previous criticism considered these narratives solely within a European context and assumed that the protagonists failed to resolve their dilemmas. As the present study reveals, however, an alternative approach is warranted by evidence that Pirandello and Moravia were familiar with fundamental tenets of Buddhism, the first philosophy to advocate the deconstruction of personal identity. Combining a lucid explanation of Buddhist doctrine with Western sources, Dr. Stella demonstrates that by «losing their identity,» characters such as Mattia Pascal end not in defeat, as is commonly supposed, but in victory over existential suffering and discontent.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers|
|Series:||Studies in Italian Culture Series: Literature in History , #27|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)|
About the Author
The Author: M. John Stella received his M.A. in English language and literature from Oxford University and his Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia. In addition to numerous articles in professional journals, he wrote the final chapter of Reflections of the Dharma, edited by Dr. Sunthorn Plamitr. Currently, he is Research Associate of the School of European Languages, University of Western Australia.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Mattia pascal and the Tragedy of Being||13|
|Chapter 2||Action!--Drama as Kamma in I quaderni di Serafino Gubbio, operatore||52|
|Chapter 3||E il vostro naso?||91|
|Chapter 4||Boredom as a Positive Reality in La noia||133|
|Chapter 5||Indifference as a Positive Reality in Una cosa e una cosa||177|
|Appendix||The Doctrine of Anatta in Buddhist Philosophy||231|
|Glossary of Key Pali Terms||247|