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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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Martial Arts in Argentina: Futurism, Fascism and Leopoldo Lugones

Read, Justin


Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s voyages to South America in 1926 and 1936 sparked a good deal of political contention amongst Latin American literati. In Buenos Aires, his visits also occasioned comparisons to Argentine writer and public intellectual, Leopoldo Lugones, with regard to Futurism and Fascism. Before condemning either Marinetti or Lugones for their political beliefs, the present essay questions the concepts of ‘Futurism’ and ‘Fascism’ by which they were compared by paying special attention to Lugones’s writings and speeches. Lugones cannot be considered a Futurist aesthetically, yet his nationalist political beliefs relied on a ‘futurism’ of sorts. His Fascism, however, must ultimately be judged in spatial (rather than temporal) terms, the often poetic conceptualization of interiority and exteriority. This essay argues, therefore, that any trans-Atlantic comparison under the aegis of ideology will prove unproductive, since both primary concepts are ideologically nebulous. Rather, it appraises the material conditions of Lugones’s literary and political polemics: the space of the nation and the militarization of that space. In this respect, Lugones and Marinetti’s mobilization of aesthetics might converge not as an abstract representation of ideology, but as an authoritative force capable of protecting the nation from a hostile ‘outside’.

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Justin Read (2017). Martial Arts in Argentina: Futurism, Fascism and Leopoldo Lugones. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 136–157). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-008

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

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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