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N.2/2019 Pratiche di immanenza

“C’era una vita…” Narrazione e immanenza

Giordano Ghirelli

(Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)

Published in December, 2019

“Once upon A Life …”. Immanence and Storytelling

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The present paper aims to investigate the relationship between the Deleuzian definition of pure immanence as “a life”, and the experience underlying narrative fruition. Because, even if “a life” is to all intents the unspeakable par excellence, in Immanence: une vie… Deleuze uses an example taken from a novel to express it, that is the story of the agony of Riderhood in Our Mutual Friend by Dickens. In The Storyteller Walter Benjamin writes, a bit mysteriously, that “the storyteller has borrowed his authority from death”. Then, starting from the comparison between this “authority” and what Deleuze calls “a life”, our work tries to shed light on how and why storytelling can be considered a practice of immanence. As we will try to show, a possible answer can be found in the most recent developments of narratology, insofar as they have emphasized how certain body experiences, unconscious and far from verbalization, operate in the simulations we do as users of stories.


Immanence, storytelling, Deleuze, Benjamin, Agamben, embodied simulation.

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