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Calvino's fictions : cogito and cosmos

Author: Kathryn Hume
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
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Partisan fighting, air pollution, science, gold-leafed tarot cards, novelistic genres: Calvino's fiction encompasses a wide variety of subjects. In this book Kathryn Hume analyses the 'unmistakable accent' that unites his disparate creations and identifies Calvino's fundamental imaginative structures--his metaphysic of particles and flux, his granular concept of reality, his many images of engulfment, his models and
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Hume, Kathryn, 1945-
Calvino's fictions.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)645831313
Named Person: Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino; Italo Calvino
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Hume
ISBN: 0198151845 9780198151845
OCLC Number: 24428797
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.
Responsibility: Kathryn Hume.
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Partisan fighting, air pollution, science, gold-leafed tarot cards, novelistic genres: Calvino's fiction encompasses a wide variety of subjects. In this book Kathryn Hume analyses the 'unmistakable accent' that unites his disparate creations and identifies Calvino's fundamental imaginative structures--his metaphysic of particles and flux, his granular concept of reality, his many images of engulfment, his models and microcosms--and traces the metamorphoses of such images.

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.

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