Negli States un volume di Ryan Calabretta-Sajder sull’opera di Pasolini

L’Università americana dell’Arkansas informa dell’uscita di un volume sull’opera di Pasolini dal titolo Pasolini’s Lasting Impressions: Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Ne è autore Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, italianista e in particolare studioso dell’opera pasoliniana, alla quale, per questo volume, ha dedicato più di cinque anni di lavoro, sulla base di nuovi approcci e di interpretazioni aggiornate. Il volume è indirettamente anche un omaggio alla creatività italiana e infatti in copertina accoglie un disegno di omino71, noto street artist romano che per i suoi lavori ama ispirarsi ai cartoni animati.

Italian Professor Edits Book on Pasolini – 19 febbraio 2018

«Conducting research only leads to more questions, otherwise you have done something wrong», said Ryan Calabretta-Sajder in an interview about his recent edited volume, entitled Pasolini’s Lasting Impressions: Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
This collection examines the multi-faceted opus of Pier Paolo Pasolini through a contemporary critical lens. It offers new interpretations to some classic works of Pasolini, such as Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom or Decameron, while considering some lesser-studied pieces, for example Orestiade and his Friulian Verse.
This collection could be used for both undergraduate and graduate students, international Pasolini scholars, and even those who work on postmodern cinema, poetry, culture, and philosophy.
Calabretta-Sajder, visiting assistant professor of Italian in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, said the entire project was born out of a special session at the South Central MLA conference in San Antonio.
«I organized a panel on “Death, Eros, and Literary Enterprise in the Works of Pier Paolo Pasolini”. As people heard of the session and my interest in editing a volume, the work continued to grow», he said.
The project spanned more than five years, starting with the organization of the first conference session, and according to Calabretta-Sajder, involved talented people who offered unique, diverse, and often contradictory readings or interpretations of the same texts or the works of the same author.

"Pasolini's Lasting Impressions" di Ryan Calabretta-Sajder. Copertina
“Pasolini’s Lasting Impressions” di Ryan Calabretta-Sajder. Copertina

One of the most fascinating elements of the book is the cover. The man on the cover is Pasolini, wearing a Captain America mask, and behind him are newspaper clippings of his death notices.
«The cover is the work of a street artist in Rome, omino71, whose work I first saw in Pigneto, one of the neighborhoods Pasolini often frequented», Calabretta-Sajder said. «We contacted the artist and got permission to use the image and my colleague and dear friend Fabio Benincasa interviewed him for the piece».
As the book developed, many scholarly articles were added, new sections were born, and a friend was lost during the collaborating process. William Van Watson passed away suddenly during the production of the book; the volume is dedicated to him and his groundbreaking work on Pasolini.