Per una fenomenologia della conoscenza: Carlo Emilio Gadda e Italo Calvino
This study aims at comparing two Italian authors whose poetics have often considered extremely different, especially in the linguistic aspect and the syntactic structure of their prose: Italo Calvino and Carlo Emilio Gadda. Despite being often kept apart, Calvino recognized his own idea of writing in Gadda’s work through the mediation of the ars combinatoria of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Gadda, however, precedes Calvino in aiming at an objective restitution of reality and falls into the awareness of an extremely fragmented and disordered reality. In fact, Italo Calvino regarded Gadda as the latest "natural philosopher" and in his complex epistemology he found, again through the mediation of Leibniz’s ars combinatoria, his own idea of writing as map or encyclopedia of the possible. Through an accurate analytical procedure, important analogies have emerged between the two writers.
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