Said’s Contrapuntal Reading and the Event of Postcolonial Literature

Serena Guarracino (Università di Napoli)

Abstract

Questo saggio intende esplorare come recenti teorie sul testo letterario quale ‘evento’ riecheggino la formulazione della ‘lettura contrappuntistica’ di Edward Said: entrambe queste metodologie, infatti, individuano il momento della lettura come centrale per l’esistenza del testo, che vive solo in un intreccio di relazioni metatestuali. Prende quindi in considerazione Joseph Anton (2012) di Salman Rushdie per mostrare come i discorsi intorno alla pubblicazione e ricezione di scrittrici e scrittori postcoloniali vanno considerati parte dell’esperienza di lettura, in particolar modo nel caso di un discorso pubblico di grande risonanza come il ‘caso Rushdie’. Propone infine di interpretare il testo letterario come atto performativo all’interno del complesso intreccio di discorsi che costituiscono lo scrittore postcoloniale come figura dell’immaginario collettivo globale.

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