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2014 Program

Event #2

Francesco M. Cataluccio

The Epidemic of Immaturity: from Peter Pan to Harry Potter

Nowadays, youth is no longer a biological condition, but rather a cultural definition. We are considered to be young not because of our age, but because we participate in certain lifestyles and consumer styles. The twentieth century began with Peter Pan: a mischievous child who runs away so he won’t grow up. If the adult world is horrible, why be a part of it? Better to stay on the threshold and remain immature (the way the main character in Günter Grass’ Tin Drum does in the late 1950s). And the century of immaturity has just ended with the boy-wizard Harry Potter. Modern immaturity is also a product of the crisis of the father figure. When the concept of the father collapses, more primitive male identities emerge from the collective unconscious. The worsening of the economic crisis and the drop in the number of jobs could undermine the fragile pile-dwellings of social cohabitation, causing the intergenerational conflicts to become pathological.Oggi la gioventù non è più una condizione biologica, ma una definizione culturale. Si è giovani non in quanto si ha una certa età, ma perché si partecipa di certi stili di vita e di consumo. Il Ventesimo secolo si è aperto con Peter Pan: uno svolazzante e crudele fanciullo che scappa via per non diventare grande. Se il mondo degli adulti è orribile, perchè prendervi parte? Meglio rimanere sulla soglia e rimanere immaturi (come farà alla fine degli anni ’50 il protagonista del Tamburo di latta di Gunter Grass). Il secolo dell’immaturità si è concluso con la saga del maghetto Harry Potter. La moderna immaturità è anche il prodotto della crisi del padre. Quando crolla il padre emergono dall’inconscio collettivo identità maschili più primitive. L’aggravarsi della crisi economica e la diminuzione di posti di lavoro potrebbero far saltare le fragili palafitte della convivenza sociale, rendendo patologici i conflitti intergenerazionali.
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Francesco M. Cataluccio

studied the Philosophy and History of Ideas in Florence and Warsaw. He started working in publishing in 1989, and since 2010 he has been in charge of Frigoriferi Milanesi’s cultural programmes. He contributes to Il Sole 24 Ore’s Sunday supplement, Doppiozero and il Post.it. He has written the following: Immaturità. La malattia del nostro tempo (Einaudi, 2004; new revised and enlarged edition, 2014); Vado a vedere se di là è meglio (Sellerio, 2010); Che fine faranno i libri? (Nottetempo, 2010); Chernobyl (Sellerio,2011); L’ambaradan delle quisquiglie (Sellerio, 2012); La memoria degli Uffizi (Sellerio, 2013).

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Mario Calabresi

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Francesco M. Cataluccio

The Epidemic of Immaturity: from Peter Pan to Harry Potter

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Roberto Esposito

Growing Up Is Hard

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Philippe Petit

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Sofia Bignamini

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Massimo Recalcati

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Matteo Lancini

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David McCullough jr.

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Stefano Arienti, Franco Farinelli

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Event #33

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Event #34

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Elena Riva

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Marco Belpoliti

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