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The avant-garde and its Legacy

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In 1909, the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Founding Manifesto of Futurism was published on the front page of Le Figaro. Between 1909 and 1912, the Futurists published works celebrating speed and danger, glorifying war and technology, and advocating political and artistic revolution. In Europe, this avant-garde movement was active in the field of painting and sculpture, theatre, photography and politics. This book reassesses the activities and legacies of Futurism. It looks at Futurist manifestos by linking techniques of promotion with practices in commercial advertising, and exploring the question of how Futurist manifestos address notions of genius and gender. The book also reconstructs the historical, cultural and ideological background of Marinetti's Manifesto del tattilismo. Zurich Dadaists adopted cultural stances heavily indebted to the terms of critical engagement and cultural visibility initiated within the Futurist circle. The book analyses avant-garde's examination of its internal strategies of identity and canonization, and the importance of Futurism for the Pierre Albert-Birot. It charts the details of the argument on simultaneity between Umberto Boccioni and Robert Delaunay, and analyses the critical readings of Fernand Léger's La noce. The dialogue between Occultism and Futurism is explored by discussing the theme of night in the works of the Florentine Futurists. In La cucina futurista, food is separated from its nutritional function, and the act of eating is related to notions of creativity and identity. The book presents unique examples of innovative expressivity in Italian Futurists' free-word poems, and examines poetry celebrating the triumph of modern aviation.

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Chapter 1: Engaging the crowd
Chapter 1: Engaging the crowd
Chapter 2: Heroes/heroines of Futurist culture
Chapter 2: Heroes/heroines of Futurist culture
Chapter 3: ‘Out of touch’
Chapter 3: ‘Out of touch’
Chapter 6: ‘An infinity of living forms, representative of the absolute’?
Chapter 6: ‘An infinity of living forms, representative of the absolute’?
Chapter 7: The dispute over simultaneity
Chapter 7: The dispute over simultaneity
Chapter 8: Fernand Léger’s La noce
Chapter 8: Fernand Léger’s La noce
Chapter 9: Nocturnal itineraries
Chapter 9: Nocturnal itineraries
Chapter 10: ‘A hysterical hullo-bulloo about motor cars’
Chapter 10: ‘A hysterical hullo-bulloo about motor cars’
Chapter 12: Le Roi Bombance
Chapter 12: Le Roi Bombance
Chapter 13: The cult of the ‘expressive’ in Italian Futurist poetry
Chapter 13: The cult of the ‘expressive’ in Italian Futurist poetry
Chapter 15: The Untameables
Chapter 15: The Untameables
Chapter 16: The dark side of Futurism
Chapter 16: The dark side of Futurism
Chapter 17: Rethinking interdisciplinarity
Chapter 17: Rethinking interdisciplinarity
Chapter 18: A Very Beautiful Day After Tomorrow
Chapter 18: A Very Beautiful Day After Tomorrow
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