Italo Calvino | Critical Essay by Curtis White

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Italo Calvino.
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Critical Essay by Curtis White

SOURCE: “Italo Calvino and What's Next: The Literature of Monstrous Possibility,” in Iowa Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall, 1984, pp. 128–39.

In the following essay, White places Calvino's short fiction within the context of postmodern literature.

I'd like to talk about Italo Calvino (particularly his two science-fictive books of stories, Cosmicomics and t zero) within the context of a more general discussion of “postmodernism” and John Barth's idea of “the literature of exhaustion.” I would begin by rectifying the almost universal misunderstanding of “the literature of exhaustion” (as another sign of the death of the novel), but, fortunately, Barth's own later essay, “The Literature of Replenishment,”1 has already unambiguously set things straight. It is enough to say that Barth's first essay, &#x...

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