Although Pier Paolo Pasolini has now reached the status of Italian cultural icon and has become the prototype of the Western dissident artist, the general public still tends to overlook the complexity and multimedia nature of his body of work. A novelist, essayist, playwright, and cultural critic, Pasolini is recognized primarily as a filmmaker outside of Italy, as translations of his works of literature started booming only after his death, in the early 1980s. Film connoisseurs are often surprised to discover that Pasolini ranks as one of the most notable poets and writers to have emerged in post-WWII Italy, and that early criticism about him reflects this opinion.
In the very first review of Poesie a Casarsa [Poetry in Casarsa] (1942), Gianfranco Contini, a philologist and critic
Citation: Annovi, Gian-Maria. "Reception of Pasolini's Works". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 August 2012 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=17670, accessed 09 December 2023.]