The identity performance.
A queer analysis of Goffredo Parise "Il padrone"
Keywords:queer theory, Michel Foucault, Goffredo Parise, process of subjectivation, anthropo-poiesis, literature and literary criticism
This paper aims to explore the genesis and the building process of the “worker” identity category, as described in Goffredo Parise’s novel Il padrone (1965). The construction of worker identity, obtained through repetition of standard actions, can be read as a transposition of the definition of performance in queer theory. The novel is written as a grotesque and allegoric fable; this is the reason why the events can be generalized as an exemplary case. Through the analysis of Il padrone, the violent aspect of the worker anthropo-poiesis clearly appears. Il padrone can thus be considered as a text about performativity and its implications, which are the objects of study of queer theory. Eventually, the text illustrates resistance strategies to the process of subjectivation attempted by characters and, through a nihilist perspective, it explores death as the extreme way out from oppression.
Whatever is an open access journal, which means that all articles are available on the Internet to all users immediately upon publication. Our articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Licence 4.0 by-nc, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial.
Authors hold copyright without restrictions. Also, authors retain publishing rights on their articles; however, it is recommended to keep track of the CC-BY-NC license and to quote original publication.