Heroes/heroines of Futurist culture
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This chapter examines the relationship between the concepts of Ubermensch and superuomo to insist upon the unique character of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's concept. It explains how the principle of a superuomo contributed to the gender discourse within Futurist art. Evidently Marinetti's concept of superuomo is far more akin to the traditional superhero, augmented as he is by technology and born outside normal reproductive circumstances. The chapter also examines the nature of Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche's concept. The concept of Ubermensch was distorted in the rhetoric of German National Socialism. Rather, the strength and heroism of the Ubermensch is in his knowledge and acceptance of inexorable human immanence. Nietzsche and Marinetti shared the same dream for a transformation of society, but Nietzsche's mandate for mental transcendence is in direct contrast to Marinetti's longing for physical transcendence.

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