The Uses of Literature  

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"This statement, "I write" (or "I am writing"), is connected with the whole field of problems — particularly fertile in this century — concerning what has been called metaliterature, and the analogous problems of metatheatre, metapainting, ..." --"Levels of Reality in Literature" (1980) by Italo Calvino

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The Uses of Literature (1980, 1982, Punto y aparte: ensayos sobre literatura y sociedad) is a collection of essays by Italo Calvino.

List of essays

  • Cybernetics and Ghosts
  • Two Interviews on Science and Literature
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Literature as Projection of Desire
  • Definitions of Territories: Comedy
  • Definitions of Territories: Eroticism
  • Definitions of Territories: Fantasy
  • Cinema and the Novel: Problems of Narrative
  • Whom Do We Write For? or
  • The Hypothetical Bookshelf
  • Right and Wrong Political Uses of Literature
  • Levels of Reality in Literature

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