Published: 01/02/2005
ISBN: 9781904744207
Format: Paperback

"A very successful attempt at creating an epistemological map of the labyrinth that constitutes our contemporary culture."
Journal of Modern Italian Studies

"A major contribution to a key interdisciplinary area in current Calvino studies."
Prof Martin McLaughlin, Magdalen College, Oxford University more

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Mapping Complexity: Literature and Science in the Works of Italo Calvino
by Kerstin Pilz

This book fills a gap by providing the first in-depth study of Calvino’s interst in scientific models and methods and the ways these have informed his narratives, which makes it of interest to scholars in the field of Italian literature, comparative literature and postmodern and cultural studies.

In a work that goes well beyond numerous shorter contributions on Calvino and scientific method, the author demonstrates how closely Calvino's narratives and essays were indebted to contemporary developments in scientific and philosophical thought, in particular to la pensée complexe, and to chaos theory.

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