The Parapraxis in The Bald Soprano: a Successful Speech

Authors

  • Giovanni Rotiroti Professor at the Department of Literary, Linguistics and Comparative Studies, L’Orientale University of Naples

Keywords:

parapraxis, speech, language, communication, knowledge, enigma

Abstract

This paper is about Parapraxis in the Cantatrice chauve, which Ionesco associates with politics. The unconscious knowledge of the Cantatrice chauve (The Bald Soprano) is the knowledge of comedy and tragedy; it is a form of knowledge which leads man towards an empty word which can no longer be articulated in meaningful speech. The nagging antinomies of common life emerge in the background. There is an endless dialectic that crosses time and history, life and death, joy and pain. There is an unsolved conflict that the Cantatrice chauve holds together, thus repeating the trauma of separation and the breakdown of community ties. The tragedy of language is that you can only live in a subjective way. It is a communication which affirms the absence of communication, opening up the tragicomic horizon of language and disintegrating the power which underlies the language of communication.

Author Biography

Giovanni Rotiroti, Professor at the Department of Literary, Linguistics and Comparative Studies, L’Orientale University of Naples

Giovanni Rotiroti is Professor at Department of Literary, Linguistics and Comparative Studies, L’Orientale University of Naples. He is the author of the following books: Il mito della Tracia, Dioniso, la poesia. Tra Nietzsche, Platone e Mallarmé. Saggi di estetica e di poetica sul neoclassicismo di Dan Botta (2000); Dan Botta. Între poiesis şi aisthesis (2001). Il processo alla scrittura. Pratiche e teorie dell’ascolto intorno all’esperienza poetica della traduzione (2002); Il demone della lucidità. Il «caso Cioran» tra psicanalisi e filosofia (2005); La comunità senza destino. Ionesco, Eliade, Cioran all’ombra di Criterion (2008); Odontotyrannos. Ionesco e il fantasma del Rinoceronte (2009); Il piacere di leggere  Urmuz. Indagini psicanalitiche sui fantasmi letterari delle Pagine bizzarre (2010); Il segreto interdetto. Eliade, Cioran e Ionesco sulla scena comunitaria dell’esilio (2011); Il mistero dell’incontro (2012); Dezvrăjirea lui Cioran (2016); La passione del Reale. Emil Cioran, Gherasim Luca, Paul Celan e l’evento rivoluzionario dell’amore (2016); Chipul Meduzei (2017); Elogio della traduzione impossibile. Studi romeni di cultura letteraria, linguistica e comparata (2017).

Published

2021-06-10

How to Cite

Rotiroti, G. (2021). The Parapraxis in The Bald Soprano: a Successful Speech. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 66(1), 153–168. Retrieved from http://dramatica.ro/index.php/j/article/view/108