Critical Writings

ISBN-10: 0374531072

ISBN-13: 9780374531072

Edition: 2008

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The Futurist movement was founded and promoted by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, beginning in 1909 with the First Futurist Manifesto, in which he inveighed against the complacency of “cultural necrophiliacs” and sought to annihilate the values of the past, writing that “there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece.” In the years that followed, up until his death in 1944, Marinetti, through both his polemical writings and his political activities, sought to transform society in all its aspects. As Günter Berghaus writes in his introduction, “Futurism sought to bridge the gap between art and life and to bring aesthetic innovation into the real world. Life was to be changed through art, and art was to become a form of life.” This volume includes more than seventy of Marinetti’s most important writings—many of them translated into English for the first time—offering the reader a representative and still startling selection of texts concerned with Futurist art, literature, politics, and philosophy.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 584
Size: 7.00" wide x 6.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

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Editor's Foreword
Translator's Preface
Introduction: F. T. Marinetti (1876-1944): A Life Between Art and Politics
The Pre-Futurist Years (1876-1908)
The Foundation of Futurism (1909)
The Foundation and Manifesto of Futurism
Futurism: An Interview with Mr. Marinetti in Comoedia
Second Futurist Proclamation: Let's Kill Off the Moonlight
Preface to Mafarka the Futurist
We Renounce Our Symbolist Masters, the Last of All Lovers of the Moonlight
The Futurist Political Program (1909-13)
First Futurist Political Manifesto
Our Common Enemies
War, the Sole Cleanser of the World
Against Sentimentalized Love and Parliamentarianism
The Necessity and Beauty of Violence
Second Futurist Political Manifesto
Third Futurist Political Manifesto
The Futurist Combat in the Artistic Arena (1910-15)
Against Academic Teachers
Extended Man and the Kingdom of the Machine
Lecture to the English on Futurism
The Futurist Manifesto Against English Art
Futurist Proclamation to the Spaniards
An Open Letter to the Futurist Mac Delmarle
Technical Manifesto of Futurist Literature
Destruction of Syntax-Untrammeled Imagination-Words-in-Freedom
Down with the Tango and Parsifal!
Geometrical and Mechanical Splendor and Sensitivity Toward Numbers
On the Subject of Futurism: An Interview with La diana
Birth of a Futurist Theater (1910-17)
Futurism's First Battles
The Battles of Trieste
The Battles of Venice
The Battles of Rome
The Battle of Florence
The Exploiters of Futurism
Manifesto of Futurist Playwrights: The Pleasures of Being Booed
The Variety Theater
Dynamic, Multichanneled Recitation
A Futurist Theater of Essential Brevity
Futurist Dance
Futurism and the Great War (1911-17)
Electric War: A Futurist Visionary Hypothesis
The Futurists, the First Interventionists
In This Futurist Year
The Meaning of War for Futurism: Interview with L'avvenire
Futurism and the Great War
Futurist Art During the First World War (1916)
Birth of a Futurist Aesthetic
The New Ethical Religion of Speed
The Futurist Cinema
Some Parts of the Film Futurist Life
The Postwar Political Battle (1918-23)
Manifesto of the Futurist Political Party
An Artistic Movement Creates a Political Party
Branches of the Futurist Political Party, the Arditi, and the Legionnaires of Fiume
A Meeting with the Duce
The Founding of the Fasci di Combattimento
Fascism and the Milan Speech
The Battle of Via Mercanti
Old Ideas That Go Hand in Glove but Need to Be Separated
Futurist Democracy
The Proletariat of Talented People
Against Marriage
Synthesis of Marx's Thought
Synthesis of Mazzini's Thought on Property and Its Transformation
Technocratic Government Without Parliament or Senate, but with a Board of Initiatives
Futurist Patriotism
Against the Papacy and the Catholic Mentality, Repositories of Every Kind of Traditionalism
Speech in Parliament
Address to the Fascist Congress of Florence
Beyond Communism
To Every Man, a New Task Every Day!: Inequality and the Artocracy
Artistic Rights Defended by the Italian Futurists
The Return to the Artistic Domain (1920-33)
What Is Futurism?: Elementary Lessons
Tactilism: A Futurist Manifesto
Tactilism: Toward the Discovery of New Senses
The Theater of Surprises
Memorandum on Stage Presence and the Style of Theater
The Abstract Antipsychological Theater of Pure Elements and the Tactile Theater
Futurist Photography
Manifesto of Futurist Cuisine
Total Theater: Its Architecture and Technology
A Futurist Theater of the Skies Enhanced by Radio and Television
The Radio
Manuscript Version of Document 11: The Necessity and Beauty of Violence
Name Index
Subject Index
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