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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies...

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International Yearbook of Futurism Studies

Ed. by Berghaus, Günter

e-ISSN 2192-029X

Volume 7


Ed. by Aguirre, Mariana / Sarabia, Rosa / Silverman, Renée M. / Vasconcelos, Ricardo

In coop. with Berghaus, Günter / Lee, Sze Wah

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April 2017
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Estridentismo and Sonido Trece: The Avant-garde in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

Zaramella, Enea


The aftermath of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) saw the discussion around the nation’s cultural identity return to the political sphere. In the midst of a revived artistic fever, directed at an institutional level by José Vasconcelos, estridentismo (Stridentism) - the literary and artistic avant-garde movement founded by the poet Manuel Maples Arce - and Sonido 13 - composer Julián Carrillo’s microtonal music theory - were not part of the official debate. This essay offers a reinterpretation of these artistic movements through a critical approach to the zeitgeist that dominated the avant-garde during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Thus, I relate the practices and theories of Carrillo and Maples Arce to international avant-garde figures and movements such as Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Italian Futurism. Taking recourse to Luigi Russolo’s suono-rumori (sound-noises) and his avant-garde considerations on sounds in Nature, this essay sheds light on Stridentism’s and Sonido 13’s responses to the emergence of modern soundscapes. Thus, it re-evaluates the current critical and historical narratives by reintroducing these two often dismissed movements into the Mexican cultural panorama of the period.

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Enea Zaramella (2017). Estridentismo and Sonido Trece: The Avant-garde in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 3–28). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-003

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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