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Modernitalia provides a map of the Italian twentieth century in the form of twelve essays by the celebrated cultural historian Jeffrey T. Schnapp. Shuttling back and forth between literature, architecture, design, and the visual arts, the volume explores the metaphysics of speed, futurist and dada typography, real and imaginary forms of architecture, shifting regimes of mass spectacle, the iconography of labour, exhibitions as modes of public mobilization and persuasion, and the emergence of industrial models of literary culture and communication.
The figures featured in the book include Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Mario Morasso, Julius Evola, Piero Portaluppi, Giuseppe Terragni, Alessandro Blasetti, Massimo Bontempelli, Giorgio de Chirico, Bruno Munari, Curzio Malaparte, and Henry Furst. Alongside these human protagonists appear granite blocks that drive the design of modern monuments, military searchlights that animate civilian shows, worker armies viewed as machines, sunglasses that tiptoe along the boundary of the private and public, newsreels as twentieth-century interpretations of Trajan’s column, and book covers and bindings that act as authorial self-portraits. The volume captures the Italian path to cultural modernity in all of its brilliance and multiplicity.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften|
|Series:||Italian Modernities Series , #13|
|Product dimensions:||5.91(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.02(d)|
About the Author
Jeffrey T. Schnapp is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, at Harvard University.
Table of Contents
Contents: Why Speed is a Religion-Morality – Bad Dada – Piero Portaluppi’s Errant Line – The Monument without Style – Border Crossings: Italian/German Peregrinations of the Theater of Totality – Mostre – Notes on the Anatomy of the Worker – Shades (On a Premonitory Portrait by De Chirico) – Politics and Poetics in Marinetti’s Zang Tumb Tuum – Bruno Munari’s Bombs – Suckert’s Sugar, Malaparte’s Mala Leche – The Translator (Henry Furst).