One Hundred Years of Futurism (Book)

Aesthetics, Politics and Performance

Edited by John London

More than one hundred years after Futurism exploded onto the European stage with its unique brand of art and literature, there is a need to reassess the whole movement, from its Italian roots to its international ramifications. In wide-ranging essays based on fresh research, the contributors to this collection examine both the original context and the cultural legacy of Futurism. 

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More than one hundred years after Futurism exploded onto the European stage with its unique brand of art and literature, there is a need to reassess the whole movement, from its Italian roots to its international ramifications. In wide-ranging essays based on fresh research, the contributors to this collection examine both the original context and the cultural legacy of Futurism. Chapters touch on topics such as Futurism and Fascism, the geopolitics of Futurism, the Futurist woman, and translating Futurist texts. A large portion of the book is devoted to the practical aspects of performing Futurist theatrical ideas in the twenty-first century.
 

John London teaches in the School of Languages, Linguistics & Film at Queen Mary University of London.    

Contents
List of Illustrations
Notes on the Contributors
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction: Futurism, Anti-Futurism, and the Forgotten Century
John London
 
Aesthetics and Politics
Chapter 1: Geographies of Futurism: Mapping the First Avant-garde
Andreas Kramer
 
Chapter 2: Intersecting Planes: Futurism, Fascism, and Gramsci
James Martin
 
Chapter 3: Translating Futurism: Moving Possibilities
John London
 
Chapter 4: Twenty-First-Century Women Drivers – Futurism’s Unlikely
Successors: Gender Constructions, B-Movies, and Futurism
Ricarda Vidal
 
Performance
Forward is Forewarned: On Practitioners’ Perspectives
John London
 
Chapter 5: Staging Futurism: Time, Space, Place, Pace, and the Performance
of Futurist Sintesi
Gordon Ramsay
 
Chapter 6: Writing Futurist Drama in 2009: A Futurist Doll’s House
John London
 
Chapter 7: The Possibilities for Dance: Words, Images, and Sounds in Freedom
Rebecca Frecknall
 
Chapter 8: W−I−F + V−I−F = EF
Abi Weaver
 
Chapter 9: Depero and the Puzzle of Colours
Luke Allder
 
Chapter 10: Sound-singing Carlo Carrà
Lawrence Upton
 
Chapter 11: Recipe for a Futurist Dinner
Andrea Cusumano and Giuseppe Lomeo
 
Bibliography
Index

'As London reminds us in the Introduction, the aim of the volume is "to make sure that the century of Futurism is not forgotten". The imperative to remember stems from the call for disruption and renewal of Futurism and the historic Avant-Garde captured here in all its rich creative zest. Ultimately the volume is a fascinating and creative rereading of a historical Avant-Garde movement that will appeal to practitioners and scholars alike.'  

Modern Language Review

'This attractive and well-edited volume will be of interest to serious scholars of Futurism in all of its many forms and iterations.'

Symposium

'This highly innovative assortment of studies by performers, scholars and makers moves futurism firmly away from a basic historical reading towards something more kinetic and immediate. It contains scripts such as a 2009 piece A Futurist Doll’s House, new versions of Marinetti’s words-in-freedom, descriptions of sound-singing, a recipe for a futurist dinner, and an analysis of what the legacy of futurism might mean for dancers. It concludes with a valuable, comprehensive bibliography, which includes a list of online futurist performances. This book is a revelation: an ambitious, embodied rereading of a historical avant-garde movement that will appeal to makers and scholars alike.'

New Theatre Quarterly

'The scholarly rigor of any work authored or coordinated by London is more than guaranteed. All of his collaborators are clearly experts and supply chapters of outstanding quality, albeit working from widely diverging perspectives. Just holding the volume in one’s hands is a pleasurable experience, given the quality of its paper, careful layout, and abundant illustrations.' 

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