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The uses of literature : essays

Author: Italo Calvino
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1986.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Calvino, Italo.
Uses of literature.
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, ©1986
(OCoLC)647066188
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Italo Calvino
ISBN: 0151932050 9780151932054
OCLC Number: 13333569
Notes: Translation of: Una pietra sopra.
"A Helen and Kurt Wolff book."
Description: vi, 341 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Cybernetics and ghosts --
Two interviews on science and literature --
Philosophy and literature --
Literature as projection of desire --
Definitions of territories: comedy --
Definitions of territories: eroticism --
Definitions of territories: fantasy --
Cinema and the novel: problems of narrative, whom do we write for?, or the hypothetical bookshelf --
Right and wrong political uses of literature --
Levels of reality in literature --
2. Why read the classics? --
The odysseys within the Odyssey --
Ovid and universal contiguity --
The structure of Orlando Furioso --
Candide: an essay in velocity --
The city as protagonist in Balzac --
The novel as spectacle --
Manzoni's The betrothed: the novel of ratios of power --
On Fourier, I: brief introduction to the society of love --
On Fourier, II: the controller of desires --
On Fourier, III: Envoi: A Utopia of fine dust guide to The charterhouse of Parma for the use of new readers --
Stendhal's knowledge of the "Milky Way" --
Montale's rock --
The pen in the first person --
In memory of Roland Barthes --
The bestiary of Marianne Moore --
Man, the sky, and the elephant --
Cyrano on the moon.
Other Titles: Pietra sopra.
Responsibility: Italo Calvino ; translated by Patrick Creagh.

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