Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

by Jennifer Scappettone

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ISBN-13: 9780231537742
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2014
Series: Modernist Latitudes
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 472
File size: 36 MB
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About the Author

Jennifer Scappettone is associate professor of English, creative writing, and Romance languages and literatures at the University of Chicago and was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies for 2010–11. She is the translator and editor of Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, which was awarded the Academy of American Poets' Raiziss/De Palchi Book Prize. Her own poetry collections include From Dame Quickly and the bilingual Thing Ode/Ode oggettuale.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Venetian Modernity: A Troubled Present
1. "The Entanglement of Memory": Reciprocal Interference of Present and Past in Ruskin's Venetian Histories
2. Nearer Distances and Clearer Mysteries: Between Patches and Presence in James's "Visitable Past"
3. Adriatic Fantasies: Venetian Modernism Between Decadence
4. From Passéism to Anachronism: Material Histories in Pound's Venice
5. Fabulous Planning: Unbuilt Venices
Coda: Laguna/Lacuna
Notes
Index

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Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg

Killing the Moonlight is a shimmering, brilliant reflection on Venice's making of a modernist aesthetic, one not simply to be understood as a minor modernism, but one arising on the thresholds of the city's lagoons and lacunae. We here meet an amphibious modernism that emerges out of the very materials and structures, out of the waters and stones of the Serenissima herself. In a tour-de-force reading of John Ruskin, Henry James, Ezra Pound, the Italian Futurists, Massimo Cacciari, Italo Calvino, and Jeanette Winterson, Scappettone has written what will be a classic work on the spaces and times of modernity.

Jean-Michel Rabaté

In Killing the Moonlight, a rich and satisfying book, Scappettone offers her own Benjaminian arcades of Venice, replete with seductive phantasmagorias grounded in material culture. Venice attracts modernist impulses negotiating endlessly between the past and modernity exemplified by Henry James, Ezra Pound, John Ashbery, Andrea Zanzotto and even, despite his bluster, by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Demonstrating how floating, porous, and transient archipelagos can replace the hardness of virile utopias, Killing the Moonlight will make you revisit the city once again, bathing its canals, palaces, and monuments in a truly new light.

Jeffrey T. Schnapp

Troping its object of study, the field of studies of modern(ist) Venice long seemed exhausted. That is, until the arrival of Jennifer Scappettone's superb Killing the Moonlight. From the Bruce Nauman Venice Fountains with which the book opens to its closing valediction on the Las Vegas Venetian Resort Hotel, Scappettone moves among historical epochs with ease and erudition, making a highly original scholarly contribution of uncommon finesse.

Carla Billitteri

A theoretically sophisticated project, far-reaching in its comparativist approach, and methodologically rigorous throughout. Scappettone's work brings to our attention—and patiently walks us through, so as to let us appreciate—the interrelation of imaginary and lived spaces, literary and cultural history, textual and urban terrains.

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