“Ubi fracassorium, ibi fuggitorium”: Pulcinella e l’enigma della ricapitolazione del tempo
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Who is Pulcinella? What does his laughter have to say about the “end of time” and the end of life of Giandomenico Tiepolo? How can the end of a life make anyone laugh like Carnival’s popular mask does? This article tries to answer such questions. By unfolding the tools that come from the realm of Giorgio Agamben’s philosophy – notably the notion of “recapitulation of time” in its relation to comedy – we will trace a path which links Michail Bachtin’s theories on the carnivalesque culture together with a recognition in the aesthetics of “character”. In this encounter, the consistency of Pulcinella-King Carnival’s form of life will appear in the light of an “escape route”: it winks at a kind of general and anonymous beatitude, which pairs with the experience of the destitution of time.