Futurism
A Microhistory

Edited by Sascha Bru, Luca Somigli, and Bart Van den Bossche

Italian Perspectives 36

Legenda

29 September 2017  •  276pp

ISBN: 978-1-781884-85-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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This volume offers a unique and fresh perspective on Italian Futurism by approaching it, for the first time, through the lens of microstoria. In this ‘history from below’ of what is one of Europe’s most famous and important avant-garde movements, large-scale questions on the history of Futurism are explored by focusing on objects, practices and situations as diverse as The Church, Puppets, The Letterhead or Gymnastics. With contributions from fifteen renowned international scholars, the book offers an exciting, kaleidoscopic view of Futurism and its multiple artistic, political and societal connections. The final chapter of the book is an interview with Günter Berghaus, one of Futurism’s most dedicated and prolific scholars today, to whom the book is dedicated.

Sascha Bru is Professor of General and Comparative Literature at the University of Leuven; Luca Somigli is Professor of Italian at the University of Toronto; Bart Van den Bossche is professor of Italian Literature at the University of Leuven.

Reviews:

  • ‘The chapter structure is cleverly designed to replicate a ‘day in the life’ of a Futurist ‘new man’, with chapters focusing on places both large and small from ‘The Skyscraper’ to ‘The Bed’... This book was a pleasure to read and will reward both the serious scholar of Futurism and the more casual reader of twentieth-century Italian culture who may wish to dip in and out of the Futurist day.’ — Selena Daly, Modern Language Review 114.3, July 2019, 577-579 (full text online)

Contents:

i-vi
Futurism: Futurism
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-x
List of Contributors
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xi-xi
A Note On Translations
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xii-xiv
List of Illustrations
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1-12
Introduction Futurism From Below: By Way of Introduction
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13-28
Chapter 1 the New Man Marinetti’s Appendix To Antonio Beltramelli’s L’uomo Nuovo (benito Mussolini)
Roger Griffin
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29-47
Chapter 2 the Church the Politics and Aesthetics of ‘Svaticanamento’
Monica Jansen, Luca Somigli
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48-58
Chapter 3 the Automobile
Samuele F. S. Pardini
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59-68
Chapter 4 London
John White
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69-90
Chapter 5 the Skyscraper
Francesca Billiani
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91-115
Chapter 6 the Letterhead
Maria Elena Versari
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116-129
Chapter 7 Numbers
Matteo D’Ambrosio
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130-141
Chapter 8 Football
Przemysław Strozek
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142-152
Chapter 9 Gymnastics
Michael Syrimis
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153-166
Chapter 10 the Café Sites of Futurist Propaganda
Ernesto Livorni
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167-182
Chapter 11 the Cocktail Marinetti and Alcohol From Absolutism To A Peach Orchard
Marja Härmänmaa
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183-191
Chapter 12 Seduction Or, Gli Amori Futuristi A Failed Attempt To Seduce Readers
Barbara Meazzi
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192-212
Chapter 13 Doubles
Simona Cigliana
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213-222
Chapter 14 Puppets
Shirley W. Vinall
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223-233
Chapter 15 the Bed
Silvia Contarini
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234-248
An Afterword With Günter Berghaus
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249-262
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Bru, Sascha, Luca Somigli, and Bart Van den Bossche (eds), Futurism: A Microhistory, Italian Perspectives, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017)

First footnote reference: 35 Futurism: A Microhistory, ed. by Sascha Bru, Luca Somigli, and Bart Van den Bossche, Italian Perspectives, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2017), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Bru, Somigli, and Bossche, p. 47.

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Bru, Sascha, Luca Somigli, and Bart Van den Bossche (eds). 2017. Futurism: A Microhistory, Italian Perspectives, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Bru, Somigli, and Bossche 2017: 21).

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