The term “lightness” with regards to philosophy and literature was not always a postmodern concept as Italo Calvino defines it. Lightness on. In , Italo Calvino was invited to give the following year’s Charles (This is the subject of the first lecture, “Lightness”; the other titles are. Calvino describes “lightness” as a “lightening of language whereby meaning is conveyed through a verbal texture that seems weightless, until.

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Jun 20, As I said, it is short, but there is a universe in here. Jun 26, Lightness is a philosophical concept most closely associated with continental philosophy and existentialismwhich is used in ontology.

One tries to make language a weightless element that hovers; the other tries to give language the weight, density and concreteness of things, bodies, sensations. These concepts are important for Calvino and his lightnss escapades. Calvino uses the Florentine poet Guido Cavalcanti as his emblem for lightness. In some poems this messenger-cum-message is the poetic text liightness. After forty years of writing fiction, after exploring various roads and making diverse experiments, the time has come for me to look for an overall definition of my work.

But if literature is not enough to assure me that I am not just chasing dreams, I look to science to nourish my visions in which all heaviness disappears. It is this anthropological device that literature perpetuates. In certain versions of the myth, it is Perseus who rides the miraculous Pegasus, so dear to the Muses, born from the accursed blood of Medusa. I lightnews that with these definitions I can begin to leaf through the books in my library, seeking examples of lightness.


At this point we should remember that the idea of the world as composed of weightless atoms is striking just because we know the weight of calvini so well.

Lightness (philosophy)

Qualities that stick to writing from the start; interia, opacity of the world. Kundera then asks, should one live with weight lighyness duty or with lightness and freedom?

Uplifting, in the gravity-defeating sense. If what I am attempting here attracts me, it is because I feel it might connect with a very old thread in the history of poetry.

In Six Memos he says that “It is true that software cannot exercise its powers of lightness except through the weight ca,vino hardware. Something which does not forever recur has its brief existence, and, once it is complete, the universe goes on existing, utterly indifferent to the completed phenomenon.

Ottavia books view quotes. Airships pulled upward by light gasses. Why does Calvino write the six memos? But here the resemblance ends. I will post the comments to my blog—one memo every month.

No, I will not travel such roads as these, for they would carry me too far from the use of words as I understand it—that is, words as a perpetual pursuit of things, as a perpetual adjustment to their infinite variety.


Second, there is the narration of a train of thought or psychological process in which subtle and imperceptible elements are at work, or any kind of description that involves a high degree of abstraction.

The emptiness of Sabina’s life in ‘The Unbearable Lightness Of Being’, and that she wanted to “die in lightness” — which is to say that she is indifferent to her life — shows that she would not want to repeat her life and would not accept an eternal return.

Lightness (philosophy) – Wikipedia

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Lightness: Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature

These two tendencies toward literature proposed by Calvino, lightness and weight, represent the two poles of human nature: Violeta books view quotes. Kristy 0 books view quotes.

Classical myths can provide their repertory of nymphs and dryads, but the Celtic mythologies are even richer in the imagery of the most delicate natural forces, with their elves and fairies. Calvino even makes an analogy to modern science as giving the world a calfino sensibility.