Italo Calvino's Architecture of Lightness: The Utopian Imagination in An Age of Urban Crisis (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature)

Italo Calvino's Architecture of Lightness: The Utopian Imagination in An Age of Urban Crisis (Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature)

Letizia Modena


This examine recovers Italo Calvino's primary position in a misplaced background of interdisciplinary notion, politics, and literary philosophy within the Nineteen Sixties. Drawing on his letters, essays, serious experiences, and fiction, in addition to a variety of works--primarily city making plans and layout thought and history--circulating between his fundamental interlocutors, this ebook takes as its element of departure a sweeping reinterpretation of Invisible Cities. Passages from Calvino's most renowned novel mostly look as aphorisms in calendars, posters, and the preferred literature of notion and self-help, lowering the radical to obscure abstractions and totalizing knowledge approximately pondering open air the field. The shadow of postmodern reports has had a equally diminishing influence in this textual content, rendering up an complete yet eventually apolitical novelistic experimentation in never-ending deconstructive deferrals, the glossy surfaces of play, and the finally rigged online game of self-referentiality. against this, this examine attracts on an archive of untranslated Italian- and French-language fabrics on city making plans, structure, and utopian structure to argue that Calvino's novel actually introduces readers to the fabric historical past of city renewal in Italy, France, and the U.S. within the Sixties, in addition to the multidisciplinary middle of cultural lifestyles in that decade: the complicated and non-stop interaction between novelists and designers, scientists and artists, literary historians and visible reviews students. His final love poem for the demise urban was once in reality profoundly engaged, deeply dedicated to the moral dimensions of either structure and lived adventure within the areas of modernity in addition to the resistant practices of analyzing and utopian imagining that his city reports in flip encouraged.

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