The 'Cockroach': Waste and Wasted Life in World Literatures in English

Carmen Concilio (Università degli Studi di Torino)

Abstract

In questo saggio intendo proporre una lettura in chiave comparatistica di tre romanzi postcoloniali – in relazione intertestuale e contro-canonica rispetto a La metamorfosi (1915) di Franz Kafka – che affrontano l’etica, ma anche l’estetica, dell’interconnessione umano-animale. In questo modo, e con il supporto di un apparato critico su Kafka, in particolare il contributo di Deleuze e Guattari (1986), su cui s’impernia il presente studio, intendo esplorare il nesso fra letteratura e ambiente, con particolare enfasi sui rifiuti, nell’accezione anche della necro-politica (Mbembe 2003) e dell’écart (Jullien 2012). La maledizione di Kafka del sudafricano Achmat Dangor (2006), Il ladro del silenzio (2011) del canadese-libanese Rawi Hage e Culo nero (2016) del nigeriano Igoni Barrett saranno qui oggetto di disamina.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-175

Parole chiave: letterature anglofone, animali, rifiuti, necro-politica, écart.

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