The “Psychism of Forms”: Alberto Savinio’s Aesthetic Theory
My book analyzes Alberto Savinio’s approach to artistic expression, which fuses different styles, languages and arts into a form that could be defined as a grotesque and neobaroque Surrealism. Savinio develops a notion of art as the medium that triggers a crisis in the constrained system of communication defined by social structures. While relating himself to a line of thought that goes from Pulci, Rabelais, Vico, Nietzsche, and Jarry to the surrealists, Savinio advocates a Freudian interpretation of his own work, in which languages takes a central role in the process of the inhibition of the ego: a stand which could be defined as proto-Lacanian. My book concentrates on the implications of these ideas in the narrative work of Alberto Savinio, taking into account later formulations by Jacques Lacan and Julia Kristeva.
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