The Untameables
Language and politics in Gramsci and Marinetti
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Gli indomabili (The Untameables) is one of the most intriguing allegorical narratives Filippo Tommaso Marinetti wrote. Gli indomabili was published in 1922, during a period in which Antonio Gramsci, the intellectual leader of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) whose politics too revolved around language, began to take a rather active interest in Futurism. The PCI's predominantly conservative aesthetic had unleashed a heated debate on the distinct roles of the artistic and the political avant-gardes, waged in left-wing newspapers and periodicals such as Gioventu Socialista and Avanguardia. As Marinetti subsequently decided to continue Futurism under the constricting conditions of Mussolini's Fascism, the brief dialogue between Gramsci and Marinetti's movement also ended. Throughout Gramsci's prison writings, reference is made to how to construe an alternative, counter-hegemonic language with which a wide variety of social groups could identify.

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