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Storia E Storiografia Di Carlo Michelstaedter

This is the first edited volume that is being published in the United States on the philosopher, artist and writer Carlo Michelstaedter (Gorizia, north Italy, 1887–1910). Studies on Carlo Michelstaedter in the States started with the influential contributions of Daniela Bini (“Carlo Michelstaedter and the Failure of Language”, 1992) and Thomas Harrison (“1910: The Emancipation of Dissonance”, 1996), which opened critical discussions and new research perspectives: both authors have contributed to this volume. “Storia e storiografia di Carlo Michelstaedter” originated to full the need for further historical analysis on the authors biography and criticism. The volume opens with Sergio Campailla’s memories when, in the 1970s, he rediscovered Michelstaedters largely overlooked documents. Daniela Bini dedicates her essay to the contemporary proliferation of rhetoric, while Thomas Harrison argues that the philosophical concept of authenticity is the one that became explicit in the words of existentialist philosophers after Michelstaedter. Gabriele Zanello reconstructs the biography of Carlo’s father, Alberto, and discusses the relationship he had with his son; Valerio Cappozzo traces the editorial path of his poetry, with propositions for its critical edition; Ilvano Caliaro investigates the cultural environment in which Michelstaedter wrote his thesis with a special focus on its preface; Rosalia Peluso concentrates on the philosopher’s historicity of life and discusses a note on history that he wrote during his years in Florence; Mimmo Cangiano shows how la ‘persuasione’ is the ability to resist a specific historical time, and finally Yvonne Hütter gets to the self-destruction of Michelstaedter’s philosophical rhetoric. The appendix offers a wealth of documents and interviews on the author from Gorizia: an unpublished dialogue that Michelstaedter wrote in 1903, when he was a sixteen-year-old high school student the first published article in the United States, one hundred years ago in 1916, by Raffaello Piccoli; interviews with two influential Italian writers, Claudio Magris and Mauro Covacich, both from Trieste, and the hematic analysis of the last page that Carlo wrote, the one with the material traces of the final gesture with which he ended his life at the age of 23.