Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment

Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment

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This innovative reading of Primo Levia€™s work offers the first sustained analysis in English of his representations of bodies and embodiment. Discussion spans the range of Levia€™s works a€” from testimony to journalism, from essays to science fiction stories a€” identifying and tracing multiple narratives of embodiment and disembodiment across his oeuvre. These narratives range from the abject, disembodied condition of prisoners in Auschwitz, to posthuman or cyborg individuals, whose bodies merge with technological devices. Levia€™s representations of bodies are explored in relation to theories of embodiment and posthumanism, bringing his work into new dialogue with critical discourses on these issues. Taking inspiration from Levia€™s definition of the human being as a constructor of containers, as well as from the recurring references to both material and metaphorical containing structures in his work, the book suggests that for Levi, embodiment involves constant negotiations of containment. He depicts the complex relationships between physical and social bodies, the material and the immaterial self, the conscious and unconscious subject, the organic and the technologically-enhanced body, engaging with evolving understandings of the boundaries of the body, the self, and the human.It is on this population of a#39;semideficienta#39; manual workers that the new supernation relies in order to function, making them ... Perhaps unsurprisingly, Levi had a similarly troubling experience when revisiting Vizio di forma; in his 1987 preface toanbsp;...

Title:Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment
Author:Charlotte Ross
Publisher:Routledge - 2010-09-13


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