About the book
This collection of essays intends to continue the recognition of Pasolini’s teachings and of his role as engaged intellectual, not only as acute observer of the society in which he lived, but also as semiologist, writer, and filmmaker, always heretical in all his endeavors. The essays, culled from the AAIS/AATI Conference held in Genova, Italy, in 2006, are grouped according to thematic criteria. This decision was born not only of the desire to offer the reader a systematic organization of the texts, but also to foreground at least some of the areas that interest the ongoing academic research of the works and thought of Pasolini.
Many directors, reporters, and contemporary writers see in the “inconvenient intellectual” personified by Pasolini in his writings, in his films, and in his interviews, an emblematic figure with whom to institute and maintain a constant dialog, both because of the controversial topics he addressed, which are still relevant today, and because of the ways in which he confronted the power structures. His analytical ability made it impossible for him to believe in the myth of progress; instead, he embraced an ideal that pushed him always to struggle on the firing line of controversy.