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Title: Ricezione e misconoscimento dell’assurdo
Authors: Calimani, Dario
Keywords: The AbsurdReception of the AbsurdCriticism and the Absurd
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Dario Calimani, "Ricezione e misconoscimento dell’assurdo", in: Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali, XVI (2011), pp. 17-26
Series/Report no.: Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali
XVI (2011)
Our culture is based on a principle of symmetry that allows us to recognise the orderly relationship among objects: every story must have a beginning and an end, and the path joining those extremes has to follow a strict logic. Acknowledging the absurdity in everyday life appears then to be challenging; absurdity cannot be explained, but only lived or staged.
The essay focuses on the relationship between the absurd text (or reality) and its user. The attempt to investigate the meaning of absurdity is described as a presumptuous operation. Neither text nor user can accept to adapt to each other, since the Absurd asks for its absurdity to be respected, while the user wants to bring back symmetry, harmony, and logic. As it avoids to recognise the reality of absurdity (by trying to rationalise and order it), criticism is constantly rejected by the Absurd. The Absurd does not aspire to produce any effect of familiarisation and acknowledgment, beside the acknowledgement of folly which, alone, associates text and user in a lived experience and not in the activity of interpretation.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1123-2684
Appears in Collections:2011 / 16 Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali

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