Pirandellian

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian Pirandello +‎ -ian.

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Pirandellian (comparative more Pirandellian, superlative most Pirandellian)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the works of Luigi Pirandello (1867–1836), Italian dramatist and poet; especially describing drama in which actors become inseparable and indistinct from the characters that they play.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The psychologist Phillip Zimbardo referred to his 1971 Stanford Prison experiment as “a Pirandellian prison” in The New York Times Magazine, April 8th 1973. Here the reference refers to how acting out roles of prisoners and guards “blurred the line between role-playing and reality” (See Prison Experiment website).

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