The Other Modernism: F.T. Marinetti's Futurist Fiction of Power (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, May 22, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 212 pages
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Drawing on recent feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, Cinzia Sartini Blum provides the first analysis of the rhetoric, politics, and psychology of gender in the avant-garde writings of the Italian Futurist F.T. Marinetti. Her book explores the relations between the seemingly unrelated goals of Italian Futurism: technical revolution, espousal of violence, avowed misogyny, and rejection of literary tradition. Blum argues for the centrality of the rhetoric of gender in Marinetti's work. She also investigates a diverse array of his futurist textual practices that range from formal experimentation with "words in freedom" to nationalist manifestos that advocate intervention in World War I and anticipate subsequent fascist rhetoric of power and virility. A major contribution to the study of the twentieth-century avant-garde and the first full-length study of Marinetti in English, "The Other Modernism" will interest all those concerned with twentieth-century literature, culture, and society and the problem of modern subjectivity.
  

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Contents

The Other Modernism Futurism and Its Contradictions
1
HISTORICAL ROOTS
3
LITERARY ORIGINS
7
THE FUTURIST FICTION OF POWER
16
METHODOLOGICAL QUESTIONS
20
The Rhetoric of Gender in the Manifestos
29
BARRICADES
31
THE TEXT AS A LOCUS OF VIOLENCE
36
A PRESCRIPTION OF COURAGE AND TRUTH
112
THE SURGICAL NOVEL
114
THE WOMBS OF OTHER WOMEN
116
ECHOES IN THE MASTERS HOUSE
117
THE SCARRED WOMB
122
Transformations in the Futurist Mythopoeia
125
RESORBING THE REJECTED
126
FROM POLITICAL ACTIVISM TO AESTHETIC ESCAPISM
130

THE FUTURIST MYTHOPOEIA
41
The Superman and the Abject Mafarka le futuiste
55
THE RHETORIC OF ABJECTION
56
FAILING DIKES
59
TOTAL ART
73
The Heart with Watertight Compartments and the TravelSize Woman Futurist Strategies in Love and War
79
GRIM PICTURES OF THE HOME FRONT
81
SOUR GRAPES
85
COOKING WITH WOMEN
89
BELLICOSE SEX AND SEXY WAR
99
The Heros War and the Heroines Wounds Un ventre di donna
105
TACTILISM AND TRANSFORMISM
133
ART AS SALUTARY DISTRACTION AND COSMETIC COMPENSATION
135
RECYCLING THE PAST
137
PATHETIC FALLACY IN THE TECHNOLOGICAL MYTHOPOEIA
140
FASHIONING A FASCIST DISCOURSE
143
REALIGNMENTS IN THE MYTHOPOEIA OF WAR
145
ART AS TRANSUBSTANTIATION
155
The Rhetoric of Violence and the Violence of Rhetoric
163
NOTES
165
INDEX
205
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Cinzia Sartini Blum is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Iowa.

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