Critical Writings: New Edition

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Macmillan, Oct 3, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 549 pages
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The Futurist movement was founded and promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, beginning in 1909 with the First Futurist Manifesto, in which he inveighed against the complacency of "cultural necrophiliacs" and sought to annihilate the values of the past, writing that "there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece." In the years that followed, up until his death in 1944, Marinetti, through both his polemical writings and his political activities, sought to transform society in all its aspects. As GŁnter Berghaus writes in his introduction, "Futurism sought to bridge the gap between art and life and to bring aesthetic innovation into the real world. Life was to be changed through art, and art was to become a form of life."

This volume includes more than seventy of Marinetti's most important writings—many of them translated into English for the first time—offering the reader a representative and still startling selection of texts concerned with Futurist art, literature, politics, and philosophy.

 

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Contents

THE PREFUTURIST YEARS 18761908
3
THE FOUNDATION OF FUTURISM 1909
9
THE FUTURIST POLITICAL PROGRAM 190913
47
THE FUTURIST COMBAT IN THE ARTISTIC ARENA 191015
79
BIRTH OF A FUTURIST THEATER 191017
149
FUTURISM AND THE GREAT WAR 191117
219
FUTURIST ART DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1916
247
THE POSTWAR POLITICAL BATTLE 191823
269
THE RETURN TO THE ARTISTIC DOMAIN 192033
365
Manuscript Version of Document 11 The Necessity and Beauty of Violence
415
Notes
423
Bibliography
511
Name Index
513
Subject Index
523
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F. T. Marinetti was born in Egypt in 1876 and died in Italy in 1944. GŁnter Berghaus is now a senior research fellow at the University of Bristol in England and the author of more than a dozen scholarly books.

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