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F.T. Marinetti (1876–1944) famously claimed to have formulated the tenets of the Futurist movement after walking away from a crashed automobile, a story he detailed in his 1909 manifesto. The founding document of this early 20th-century avant-garde artistic philosophy is one of more than 70 pieces Berghaus (Avant-Garde Performance) gathers in this significant update on the 1972 Selected Writings. This new collection expands upon the body of Marinetti's work available in English, with additional critical writings and manifestos reflecting Marinetti's concepts of literature, theater, film and radio; plus introductory essays and notes that further elaborate the historical and cultural context. Futurism called for no less than a modernist aesthetic revolution that would overturn the traditionalist cultural establishment and mirror the era's technological progress. But it also had a complex stance toward feminism and was violent and militaristic, celebrating WWI as a way to rid Europe of its accumulated history. Though these essays bring Futurism's nationalist leanings into sharp focus, Marinetti's 1918 coalition with Mussolini was brief, and by 1939 Fascism had effectively shut down the movement. This thorough collection will interest scholars of Italian history, art history and theater. (Sept.)
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"A splendid new edition . . . The quality of editing here sets new standards for Futurist scholarship . . . The English-language reception of Italian Futurism, and Futurist studies in general, will stand on a firmer footing from now on."
--John J. White, Emeritus Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Senior Research Fellow, King's College London

"The critical writings of Marinetti, now made available in English for the first time by Berghaus and Thompson, will be of major value in providing essential primary sources with which to evaluate Futurism's deeper significance as a counterblast to what Walter Benjamin called the Storm of Progress."
--Roger Griffin, Professor of Modern History, Oxford Brookes University, and author of The Nature of Facism

"An accurate, meticulously assembled, three-dimensional portrait of the founder of Italian Futurism. Whereas prior anthologies of Marinetti's writings had limited themselves to the movement's early years, this anthology offers instead a panoramic view, extending from the pre-Futurist period into the second decade of facist rule. A major contribution to studes of Futurism and the avant-gardes."               --Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Professor, Stanford University
 
"At last! For the first time, we have here a scholarly, comprehensive, well-translated, well-annotated, eminently readable English edition of F. T. Marinetti's ground-breaking Futurist manifestos and critical writings. For teachers and students of the avant-garde, of early twentieth-century art movements, of the role of the new media like radio and cinema, and of the vexed relationship between Futurist aesthetic and Fascist politics, Günter Berghaus's edition will be indispensable."

--Marjorie Perloff, author of The Futurist Moment, Professor Emerita Stanford University

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cody Wayne on December 13, 2013
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What are often talked about as shocking or extremist philosophies, I find Marinetti and his contemporaries to be wonderful visionaries of a brave new world, their ideas holding the potential to be well implemented instead of relegated to the annals of historic novelty.
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By Jeffrey Burns on February 24, 2012
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If you haven't taken the time to bask in Italian Futurism, buy this book and join the party.

Whether you are at the table to laugh or cry, I don't think it really matters. The futurists were so entertaining, they often incited violence.

Go team!

P.S. Discordians will like this.
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By X on July 18, 2015
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Marinetti was a nut
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