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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hume, Kathryn, 1945-
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
|Named Person:||Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino|
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|Description:||[x], 212 p. ; 22 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The Garden of Forking Paths: Exploratory Fictions --
2. Calvino's Cosmos and the Gazing I --
3. Cosmogony, Cosmography, and the Cosmicomical Stories --
4. Identifying the Labyrinth: From The Path to the Nest of Spiders to Marcovaldo --
5. Literature as Web: The Castle of Crossed Destinies and If on a winter's night a traveler --
6. Observing the Invisible: Invisible Cities and Mr. Palomar --
7. Interior Cosmos, Inward Civilization.
throughout the novels and stories. The cosmicomical tales, with their focus on science, are seen as crucial to the development of the symbolic mindscapes that made Calvino a major international writer. He died before arriving at any satisfactory solution to the problems of relating the 'I' to the 'not-I', but Hume derives from his later works a philosophy based on the creation of likenesses, of internal microcosms that permit us to mirror the macrocosm. These interior.
pictures form part of a mental gallery, and provide the basis for 'inward civilization', a way of defining the self that does not involve tyranny over others.