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Double Echolalia: On the Satire of «Eros e Priapo»

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The article analyses Gadda’s pamphlet on fascism Eros e Priapo and its «galaxy» of texts, and it demonstrates that they represent a particular case study for the theory of satire. Indeed, these texts condense all the duplicities that have characterised the satirical “non-genreµ since its ancient origins: literalism (direct invective) and layered use of rhetorical figures; irrationality and rationality; identity and distance between satirist and target. Eros e Priapo claims for a rational investigation of fascism, and creates a rhetorically layered satire, while at the same time bursting into the most violent and outspoken curse, somehow repeating the same «echolalia» that it attacks.


  • Carlo Emilio Gadda
  • Eros e Priapo
  • Satire
  • Fascism
  • Antifascism
  • Rhetoric
  • Echolalia
  • Invective
  • Pamphlet
  • Fescennine Verses


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