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Il Gioco del rovescio. Variazioni sul gioco francescano

Abstract : This is an article about the playfulness of Francis of Assisi as a character trait that is pertinent to understanding the saint. Francis and his deeds and gestures are suggested as sources of inspiration for contemporary literary and artistic creativity, in order to meet head on Dario Fo's extravagant recovery of the "fool", Palazzeschi's frenetic presentation of the Poor Man of Assisi, and Umberto Eco's critical-humoristic digressions on the preëminence of Franciscan laughter. The purpose is to emphasise the Anglo-Saxon take on the Franciscan corpus, namely that of Gilbert Keith Chesterton's jester/fool. The playful activity, with no earthly reward in mind, to which Franci's rhetoric calls, becomes an invitation to literary inventiveness, and to manifesting the concept of poverty as performance art. Thereby is excluded all thought of monetary or other gain.
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Brigitte Poitrenaud-Lamesi. Il Gioco del rovescio. Variazioni sul gioco francescano. Rivista Antonianum, Pontificia Università “Antonianum”, 2018, octobre-decembre (fasc .4), pp.745-768. ⟨hal-02144944⟩



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