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Pinocchio, Puppets, and Modernity

The Mechanical Body, 1st Edition

Edited by Katia Pizzi


228 pages

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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.

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

About the Editor

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

About the Series

Children's Literature and Culture

Founding Editor and Series Editor 1994-2011: Jack Zipes

Series Editor, 2011-2018: Philip Nel


Founded by Jack Zipes in 1994, Children's Literature and Culture is the longest-running series devoted to the study of children’s literature and culture from a national and international perspective. Dedicated to promoting original research in children’s literature and children’s culture, in 2011 the series expanded its focus to include childhood studies, and it seeks to explore the legal, historical, and philosophical conditions of different childhoods. An advocate for scholarship from around the globe, the series recognizes innovation and encourages interdisciplinarity. Children's Literature and Culture offers cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections considering topics such as gender, race, picturebooks, childhood, nation, religion, technology, and many others. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Italian
LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's Literature