Vol. 24 No. 2 (2021): Anno XXIV, 2-2021

Sarrasine di Balzac, S/Z di Barthes e il mito di Ermafrodito

Mario Gennari
Ordinario di Pedagogia generale e sociale - Università degli Studi di Genova

Published 2022-02-27


  • Sexuality,
  • Identity,
  • Difference,
  • Education,
  • Nature

How to Cite

Gennari, M. (2022). Sarrasine di Balzac, S/Z di Barthes e il mito di Ermafrodito. Studi Sulla Formazione/Open Journal of Education, 24(2), 113–125. https://doi.org/10.13128/ssf-13385


The article focuses on Honoré de Balzac’s Sarrasine and Zambinella figures, considered in their relation through the analysis of Roland Barthes. Examined in the context of social inhuman practices between XVI and XIX centuries, the two enigmatic characters are interpreted on their recall to the connotative aspects traced back to male and female dimensions of human being and on the meaning evoked by the myth of Ermafrodito. Thinking the different codes of existence forms concerns a pedagogical perspective that suggests an education steered towards a personal awareness and a free expression of the denotative inner mystery of human being and its nature.


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