Primo Levi s Narratives of Embodiment

The offering of bread is a recognition of another's bodily needs; the prodding of Levi's body and Alex's disrespectful gesture deny Levi's body as that of a fellow human being. Thus Levi's philosophy of humanity is an embodied one; ...

Author: Charlotte Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136868852

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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This innovative reading of Primo Levi’s work offers the first sustained analysis in English of his representations of bodies and embodiment. Discussion spans the range of Levi’s works — from testimony to journalism, from essays to science fiction stories — identifying and tracing multiple narratives of embodiment and disembodiment across his oeuvre. These narratives range from the abject, disembodied condition of prisoners in Auschwitz, to posthuman or cyborg individuals, whose bodies merge with technological devices. Levi’s representations of bodies are explored in relation to theories of embodiment and posthumanism, bringing his work into new dialogue with critical discourses on these issues. Taking inspiration from Levi’s definition of the human being as a constructor of containers, as well as from the recurring references to both material and metaphorical containing structures in his work, the book suggests that for Levi, embodiment involves constant negotiations of containment. He depicts the complex relationships between physical and social bodies, the material and the immaterial self, the conscious and unconscious subject, the organic and the technologically-enhanced body, engaging with evolving understandings of the boundaries of the body, the self, and the human.

Primo Levi s Narratives of Embodiment

Taking inspiration from Levi’s definition of the human being as a constructor of containers, as well as from the recurring references to both material and metaphorical containing structures in his work, the book suggests that for Levi, ...

Author: Charlotte Ross

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136868844

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This innovative reading of Primo Levi’s work offers the first sustained analysis in English of his representations of bodies and embodiment. Discussion spans the range of Levi’s works — from testimony to journalism, from essays to science fiction stories — identifying and tracing multiple narratives of embodiment and disembodiment across his oeuvre. These narratives range from the abject, disembodied condition of prisoners in Auschwitz, to posthuman or cyborg individuals, whose bodies merge with technological devices. Levi’s representations of bodies are explored in relation to theories of embodiment and posthumanism, bringing his work into new dialogue with critical discourses on these issues. Taking inspiration from Levi’s definition of the human being as a constructor of containers, as well as from the recurring references to both material and metaphorical containing structures in his work, the book suggests that for Levi, embodiment involves constant negotiations of containment. He depicts the complex relationships between physical and social bodies, the material and the immaterial self, the conscious and unconscious subject, the organic and the technologically-enhanced body, engaging with evolving understandings of the boundaries of the body, the self, and the human.

Motherhood Fatherland and Primo Levi

ment, which is exemplified by Levi in the case of Null Achtzehn and in the category of “the drowned,” is, ... of both Levi's biography and the chronology of his writing life than is on offer in Primo Levi's Narrative of Embodiment.

Author: Robert Pirro

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 168393086X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 172

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The book is an against-the-grain study of Primo Levi’s lifelong concerns about agency, both personal and political. It moves from fresh readings of his lesser-known short story and novels to a major reinterpretation of the testimonial works at the center of his legacy.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi

A Biography and Ian Thomson's Primo Levi: A Life are by far the most complete in providing valuable information on ... Universe: A Writer's Journey, and Charlotte Ross's Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human.

Author: Nicholas Patruno

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 1603291792

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and renowned memoirist, is one of the most widely read writers of post-World War II Italy. His works are characterized by the lean, dispassionate eloquence with which he approaches his experience of incarceration in Auschwitz. His memoirs--as well as his poetry and fiction and his many interviews--are often taught in several fields, including Jewish studies and Holocaust studies, comparative literature, and Italian language and literature, and can enrich the study of history, psychology, and philosophy. The first part of this volume provides instructors with an overview of the available editions, anthologies, and translations of Levi's work and identifies other useful classroom aids, such as films, music, and online resources. In the second part, contributors describe different approaches to teaching Levi's work. Some, in presenting Survival in Auschwitz, The Reawakening, and The Drowned and the Saved, look at the place of style in Holocaust testimony and the reliability of memory in autobiography. Others focus on questions of translation, complicated by the untranslatable in the language and experiences of the concentration camps, or on how Levi incorporates his background as a chemist into his writing, most clearly in The Periodic Table.

Animals and Animality in Primo Levi s Work

“Teorie scientifiche e sapere poetico in Primo Levi. ... “Heading Off the Trail: Language, Literature, and Nature's Resistance to Narrative.” In Beyond Nature Writing ... Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human.

Author: Damiano Benvegnù

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319712586

Category: Philosophy

Page: 298

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Situated at the intersection of animal studies and literary theory, this book explores the remarkable and subtly pervasive web of animal imagery, metaphors, and concepts in the work of the Jewish-Italian writer, chemist, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi (1919-1987). Relatively unexamined by scholars, the complex and extensive animal imagery Levi employed in his literary works offers new insights into the aesthetical and ethical function of testimony, as well as an original perspective on contemporary debates surrounding human-animal relationships and posthumanism. The three main sections that compose the book mirror Levi’s approach to non-human animals and animality: from an unquestionable bio-ethical origin (“Suffering”); through an investigation of the relationships between writing, technology, and animality (“Techne”); to a creative intellectual project in which literary animals both counterbalance the inevitable suffering of all creatures, and suggest a transformative image of interspecific community (“Creation”).

The Complete Works of Primo Levi

On Levi's work as a paint technician, the most detailed record is that of his colleague Renato Portesi: “Primo Levi. ... Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human (New York: Routledge, 2011); and Angela Di Fazio, ...

Author: Primo Levi

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 1631492063

Category: Fiction

Page: 3008

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2015 Washington Post Notable Book The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table, finally gathers all fourteen of Levi’s books—memoirs, essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction—into three slipcased volumes. Primo Levi, the Italian-born chemist once described by Philip Roth as that “quicksilver little woodland creature enlivened by the forest’s most astute intelligence,” has largely been considered a heroic figure in the annals of twentieth-century literature for If This Is a Man, his haunting account of Auschwitz. Yet Levi’s body of work extends considerably beyond his experience as a survivor. Now, the transformation of Levi from Holocaust memoirist to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers culminates in this publication of The Complete Works of Primo Levi. This magisterial collection finally gathers all of Levi’s fourteen books—memoirs, essays, poetry, and fiction—into three slip-cased volumes. Thirteen of the books feature new translations, and the other is newly revised by the original translator. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison introduces Levi’s writing as a “triumph of human identity and worth over the pathology of human destruction.” The appearance of this historic publication will occasion a major reappraisal of “one of the most valuable writers of our time” (Alfred Kazin). The Complete Works of Primo Levi features all new translations of: The Periodic Table, The Drowned and the Saved, The Truce, Natural Histories, Flaw of Form, The Wrench, Lilith, Other People’s Trades, and If Not Now, When?—as well as all of Levi’s poems, essays, and other nonfiction work, some of which have never appeared before in English.

Interpreting Primo Levi

Charlotte Ross, Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human (New York: Routledge, 2011), 2. See, for example, “Paura dei ragni” (Opere, II, 758) or “Il mondo invisibile” (Opere, II, 804). Robert Gordon, Primo Levi's ...

Author: Arthur Chapman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137435577

Category: History

Page: 281

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The legacy of antifascist partisan, Auschwitz survivor, and author Primo Levi continues to drive exciting interdisciplinary scholarship. The contributions to this intellectually rich, tightly organized volume - from many of the world's foremost Levi scholars - show a remarkable breadth across fields as varied as ethics, memory, and media studies.

Judging Privileged Jews

See, for example, Charlotte Ross, Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human (New York: Routledge, 2011); Jonathan Druker, Primo Levi and Humanism After Auschwitz: Posthumanist Reflections (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, ...

Author: Adam Brown

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1782389164

Category: History

Page: 234

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The Nazis' persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust included the creation of prisoner hierarchies that forced victims to cooperate with their persecutors. Many in the camps and ghettos came to hold so-called "privileged" positions, and their behavior has often been judged as self-serving and harmful to fellow inmates. Such controversial figures constitute an intrinsically important, frequently misunderstood, and often taboo aspect of the Holocaust. Drawing on Primo Levi's concept of the "grey zone," this study analyzes the passing of moral judgment on "privileged" Jews as represented by writers, such as Raul Hilberg, and in films, including Claude Lanzmann's Shoah and Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. Negotiating the problems and potentialities of "representing the unrepresentable," this book engages with issues that are fundamental to present-day attempts to understand the Holocaust and deeply relevant to reflections on human nature.

Trusting Performance

A Cognitive Approach to Embodiment in Drama N. Rokotnitz ... “Constructing Cognitive Scaffolding through Embodied Receptiveness: Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. ... Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the Human.

Author: N. Rokotnitz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230370756

Category: Psychology

Page: 188

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An epistemological inquiry into the dynamics of interpersonal trust-relations, combining philosophy, science, and critical theory in the analysis of performing bodies - on stage and in life. Rokotnitz argues for the exploration of drama as a conduit to emotional learning that can change the somatic identity of performers and audiences alike.

The Literary and Cultural Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe

Ross, Charlotte (2007) 'Primo Levi's Science Fiction', in Gordon, Robert S. C. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Primo Levi, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 105–18. —(2011) Primo Levi's Narratives of Embodiment: Containing the ...

Author: Thomas F. Glick

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1780937229

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 656

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Beyond his pivotal place in the history of scientific thought, Charles Darwin's writings and his theory of evolution by natural selection have also had a profound impact on art and culture and continue to do so to this day. The Literary and Cultural Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe is a comprehensive survey of this enduring cultural impact throughout the continent. With chapters written by leading international scholars that explore how literary writers and popular culture responded to Darwin's thought, the book also includes an extensive timeline of his cultural reception in Europe and bibliographies of major translations in each country.