Pasolini, Fassbinder and Autobiography

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This book chapter explores explores the significance and modalities of self-expression and -representation in Pasolini’s and Fassbinder’s films. Drawing on insights from autobiography scholarship, existing criticism on the two filmmakers, and their own proclamations, I argue that attention to Pasolini’s and Fassbinder’s distinctive autobiographical stances illuminates both the correspondences and divergences between the two authors’ works. Beginning with a brief survey of some pertinent issues arising within autobiography criticism, I probe the autobiographical dimensions of their films with regards to authorship, subjective renditions of literature and history, and the significance of the autobiographical mode for marginalised subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPasolini and Fassbinder: the European Legacy between Utopia and Nihilism
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • european cinema
  • autobiography
  • pasolini
  • fassbinder


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