Pinocchio, Puppets and Modernity

The Mecanical Body

sous la direction de Katia Pizzi

Nous signalons la parution de cet ouvrage en anglais, qui propose des approches pluridisciplinaires autour de l’univers du célèbre pantin italien.

This study assesses the significance of Pinocchio in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in addition to his status as the creature of a nineteenth century traversed by a cultural enthusiasm for dummies, puppets, and marionettes. This collection identifies him as a figure characterized by a ‘fluid identity,’ informed with transition, difference, joie de vivre, otherness, displacement, and metamorphosis, making Pinocchio a truly modern, indeed postmodern and posthuman, cultural icon. Pinocchio, Puppets and Modernity explores this crucial and as yet little visited field, reassessing Pinocchio’s genealogy and progeny, as well as illuminating both the wider context and more specific cultural manifestations of the mechanical-human interface in the domains of theatre, the fine arts, literature, radio, and even virtual reality coherently with the digital metamorphosis of our times.

The wide-ranging scope of this exploration encompasses Italian, French, and English literature, dummies and marionettes in modernist and contemporary theatre, the fairytale tradition, and traditional and contemporary painting, as well as the older and newer media of radio, television, cinema, and the Internet. The diverse, comparative, and multimedia focus of this original discussion testifies to the enduring transcultural legacy of Pinocchio. Eminently sellable as a traditional cultural icon, Pinocchio is equally impactful and relevant for a globalized, multicultural, and virtual society, from Collodi to Disney and beyond.

About the Editor: Katia Pizzi is Senior Lecturer in Italian at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She has published volumes on cultural identities, including A City in Search of an Author (2001) and The Cultural Identities of European Cities (2010), and on children’s literature and illustration.

Table of Contents:

Introduction, by Katia Pizzi

1: Carlo Collodi and the Rythmical Body Between Giuseppe Mazzini and George Sand, by Jean Perrot

2: Puppets on a String: The Unnatural History of Human Reproduction, Ann Lawson Lucas

3: Workshops of Creation, Filthy and Not: Collodi’s Pinocchio and Shelley’s Frankenstein, by Charles Klopp

4: The Manufacture of a Modern Puppet Type: The Anatomy of Alfred Jarry’s Monsieur Ubu and its Significance, Jill Fell

5: Man is Non-Man: Mannequins, Puppets and Marionettes in the Theatre of Dario Fo, by Christopher Cairns

6: Unpainting Collodi’s Fireplace, by Stephen Wilson

7: Pinocchio and the Mechanical Body: Luciano Folgore’s Papers at the J. P. Getty Research Library, by Katia Pizzi

8: The Myth of Pinochio. Metamorphosis of a Puppet from Collodi’s Pages to the Screen. by Salvatore Consolo

9: The Watchful Mirror: Pinocchio’s Adventures Recreated by Roberto Benigni, by Salvatore Consolo

10: Beyond the Mechanical Body: Digital Pinocchio, by Massimo Riva

Notes Bibliography Index

216 pages, Routledge, Collection: Children’s Literature and Culture


Mathilde Lévêque

Maître de conférences en littérature

Université Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité

Membre de l’équipe d’accueil Pléiade (EA 7338)

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