Abstract

Conceptualized by theorists such as Haraway, Barad, Marchesini, Latour and Wolfe, posthumanism is a vision that rejects the essentialist separation between the human and the nonhuman, and, quite like Calvino’s narratives, emphasizes their hybridizations, co-operative configurations, and active interplay. This essay examines Calvino’s works via the posthumanist lens of a “relational ontology.” After providing a theoretical introduction, I analyze Palomar and The Cosmicomics. These are, I suggest, the main expressions of Calvino’s attempt to build stories that move the narrative focus “past the human,” coalescing in a hybrid world of matters, forms, beings, and signs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6598
Print ISSN
0026-7910
Pages
pp. 118-138
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-26
Open Access
No
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