This contribution focuses on an unfinished novel, Petrolio by Pier Paolo Pasolini to reflect on nature and images of power, as interpreted by one of the greatest Italian post-war intellectuals. The central thesis is that while the peasant and fascist society was based on the male command, on the normative force of tradition, the contemporary consumer society is based on female persuasion, on the push to conform and not to differentiate. However, while patriarchal authoritarianism allowed emancipatory rebellion, consumerist homologation was able to prevent forms of resistance by disseminating power in an infinite network of relationships, whose plot cannot be dissolved. The reading of Petrolio invites the jurist not to focus exclusively on the rational aspects of the rules and procedures that limit power, but also to devote herself to reflecting on the two dimensions of power, the discursive and the aesthetic.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.18759/rdgf.v20i3.1784|
|Titolo:||(WORDS AND) IMAGES OF POWER IN PIER PAOLO PASOLINI’S PETROLIO|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|