Michele Cometa

Michele Cometa
Università degli Studi di Palermo | UNIPA · Dipartimento Culture e Società

Full Professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Culture

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Introduction
Michele Cometa has studied German Literature and Philosophy at the University of Palermo and Cologne. He taught at the University of Düsseldorf, Catania, Cosenza and Cagliari. He published several books on german and european culture, literature and aesthetics from Eighteenth to Twentieth-Century. He is now working on the tradition of the "biology of images" and on the relationship between literary theory and evolutionary thought.
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January 2014 - December 2015
Università degli Studi di Palermo
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  • Research Director
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  • http://www.studiculturali.it
January 2009 - December 2012
Università degli Studi di Palermo
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  • Research Director
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  • http://www.studiculturali.it
January 2005 - December 2008
Università degli Studi di Palermo
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  • Research Director
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  • http://www.studiculturali.it

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The pandemic has been and still is a challenge for the Humanities as much as for “Hard sciences.” And for a double order of reasons. Humanities have always provided interpretative keys for phenomena such as contagion, epidemics, and, consequently, care and assistance. Just think of phenomena such as the “plague” in the Middle Ages and in the modern...
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If mediatization has surprisingly revealed the secret life of inert matter and the ‘face of things’, the flipside of this has been the petrification of living organisms, an invasion of stone bodies in a state of suspended animation. Within a contemporary imaginary pervaded by new forms of animism, the paradigm of death looms large in many areas of...
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In this paper I will outline a genealogy which could contribute to Siri Hustvedt’s very important statement in her essay Three Emotional Stories: Reflection on Memory, the Imagination, Narrative, and the Self (2011): ‘Writing fiction is remembering what never happened.’ Hustvedt’s essay offers a wonderful analysis of the role of memory and imagi- n...
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The philosophy of irony has had, since its romantic origins, no good reputation because of its methodological and logical inconclusiveness and its contamination with literature. Whether we talk about Friedrich Schlegel or Paul de Man, about Søren Kierkegaard or Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Rorty or Peter Sloterdijk, the “ironists” are hated because...
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Originariamente collocato nel cortile dell'Ospedale Grande e Nuovo in Palazzo Sclafani, il Trionfo della morte – ora custodito nella Galleria di Palazzo Abatellis, a Palermo – è una straordinaria enciclopedia iconografica medievale e moderna, di cui non conosciamo l'autore. Il libro di Michele Cometa è una guida all'interpretazione del tessuto narr...
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Non sappiamo perché e come l'Homo sapiens abbia sviluppato la capacità di costruire storie. Possiamo però ipotizzare come possono essere andate le cose. Cioè come un ominide possa avere sviluppato la facoltà di narrare storie e come queste possano averlo avvantaggiato tra tutte le specie, fino a farne l'indiscusso signore del pianeta. Si tratta dun...
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In modernen Demokratien gilt der Mensch als »Unternehmer seiner selbst«. Doch ist dieses Prinzip liberaler Gesellschaften angesichts weltweiter Krisen und der wachsenden Bedeutung der Biotechnologien noch gewiss? Inwieweit hat der Mensch die Gestaltung seines Lebens in der Hand? Das Paradigma der Biopolitik und der Gouvernementalität vermag es, auf...
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In modernen Demokratien gilt der Mensch als »Unternehmer seiner selbst«. Doch ist dieses Prinzip liberaler Gesellschaften angesichts weltweiter Krisen und der wachsenden Bedeutung der Biotechnologien noch gewiss? Inwieweit hat der Mensch die Gestaltung seines Lebens in der Hand? Das Paradigma der Biopolitik und der Gouvernementalität vermag es, auf...
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In modernen Demokratien gilt der Mensch als »Unternehmer seiner selbst«. Doch ist dieses Prinzip liberaler Gesellschaften angesichts weltweiter Krisen und der wachsenden Bedeutung der Biotechnologien noch gewiss? Inwieweit hat der Mensch die Gestaltung seines Lebens in der Hand? Das Paradigma der Biopolitik und der Gouvernementalität vermag es, auf...
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Tutti gli articoli del presente volume sono sottoposti a una procedura di peer review All the articles in this volume have been submitted to a process of peer-review
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The term “biopoetics” has begun to fascinate those who study literature. Yet again, it is against the backdrop of Michel Foucault, to whom is due unequivocal credit for his will to retrace, over and over, the muddy track that lies between the humanities and natural sciences.The success of the term “biopoetics” extends far beyond the biopolitical pa...
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Globalisierung, wachsende Mobilität und Beschleunigung bringen die gesellschaftliche Reflexion über fortlaufend changierende kulturelle Eigen- und Fremdbilder an ihre Grenzen. Die Beiträge des Bandes untersuchen die kognitiven Leistungen von Literatur und Massenmedien innerhalb dieser Entwicklungen. Fokussiert werden die kulturellen Grenzräume der...
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Este ensayo, que es la introducción al "Dizionario degli studi culturali" (Diccionario de Estudios Culturales, Meltemi, Roma, 2004) dirigido por el autor y editado por Roberta Coglitore y Federica Mazzara, supone una exploración de las diversas vías para la definición de los Estudios Culturales, a la vista de sus fuentes históricas y avolución en e...
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La ricezione delle opere di Goethe alla quale gli « Jahrbücher für wissenschaftliche Kri-tik » dedicarono una costante attenzione a partire dal 829, sta tutta sotto il segno dell'e-stetica e delle interpretazioni goethiane di Hegel. E ciò in un duplice senso: da un lato è infatti evidente che gran parte delle valutazioni di Weiße, Hotho, Weber e Ro...
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Lukács e Goethe: un binomio ovvio come se le due figure quasi si sovrapponessero nella coscienza culturale tedesca (e non solo tedesca). Sarebbe facile utilizzare il topos dell''olimpicità' di questi due scrit-tori della grande tradizione borghese, che — sia pure su diversi versanti, quello della scrittura creativa e quello della critica letteraria...
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Vorwort Der Titel, den ich für diesen Beitrag gewählt habe, entspricht den drei Themen, die hier darge-legt werden sollen. Im ersten Teil werde ich über die fruchtbare Verbindung berichten, die sich in Italien zwischen den angelsächsischen bzw. angloamerikanischen Cultural Studies und den deutschen bzw. österreichischen Kulturwissenschaften hergest...
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Schlegel was normally considered an enemy of Volkspoesie and an adversary of whoever, like Arnim or Brentano, pioneered the rediscovery of folk poetry in Germany. This approach is proved by the unfavourable reviews given to the best collections of German folk poetry published in the early 1800s and by the bitter attack Goethe's easy enthusiasm for...

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