Mapping complexity: literature and science in the works of Italo Calvino

Kerstin Pilz

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This book fills a gap by providing the first in-depth study of Calvino’s interst in scientific models and methods and the ways these have informed his narratives, which makes it of interest to scholars in the field of Italian literature, comparative literature and postmodern and cultural studies. In a work that goes well beyond numerous shorter contributions on Calvino and scientific method, the author demonstrates how closely Calvino's narratives and essays were indebted to contemporary developments in scientific and philosophical thought, in particular to "la pensée complexe", and to chaos theory.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeicester
ISBN (Print)1904744206
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Italo Calvino, Italian literature, postmodernism, chaos theory, complexity theory
  • Calvino, Italo--Criticism and interpretation
  • Authors, Italian--20th century--History and criticism


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