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Modernitalia

Edited by Francesca Santovetti

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Jeffrey Schnapp

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.

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310 Index Contini, Gianfranco 304 contradiction 23–4, 26, 32, 34, 36, 77, 132 Copeau, Jacques 140 Cossio, Carlo and Vittorio 242–3 craft xv, xix, 53, 58, 148, 182, 246, 253, 259, 262, 271, 282–3, 292, 305–6 Craig, Edward Gordon 116, 140, 281, 292–4, 296, 302 Crispolti, Enrico 27, 29, 31 Croce, Benedetto 106, 292–3, 301 crowds xviii, 115, 127–8, 141, 146, 180, 182, 184–6, 237 Cumont, Franz 34 Dada ix, xvii–xviii, 23–52, 117, 225–6, 228, 231, 236, 248, 266 D’Annunzio, Gabriele 11, 29, 51, 100, 106, 157, 159, 204, 205, 229–30, 253, 264, 271, 280–1, 292–303 Dante Alighieri 2, 80, 85, 89, 294 Danteum x, 80, 85, 88–90, 92, 95, 97 D’Arezzo, Maria 29 De Benoist, Alain 31 De Chirico, Giorgio xii, xviii, 29, 50, 93, 105, 189–99, 234, 256 De Coulanges, Fustel 34 De Gobineau, Joseph Arthur 34 De la Barca, Calderon 292 De Naglowska, Maria 44 Dennis, Patrick 283 De Pisis, Filippo 28 De Quincey, Thomas 2, 3, 7, 26 Depero, Fortunato 110, 226–7, 288 design xv, xx, 6, 9, 55–6, 58, 71–4, 82–3, 103, 106–7, 109–10, 112–13, 118– 20, 122–3, 126–8, 131–2, 135–9, 142–8, 153, 155–60, 163, 166, 185, 226–9, 234, 241, 249, 255–6, 261, 271–2, 275 De Renzi, Mario 152–3, 164–6, 170 Dickens, Charles 7 Binazzi, Bino 258 Binet-Sanglé, Charles 11 Blasetti,...

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