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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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A Cultural Icon of Ill-Repute: Marinetti and Brazilian Antifascism

Berghaus, Günter


Marinetti’s visit to Brazil in 1926 was overshadowed by campaigns against him undertaken by intellectuals who regarded Futurism as a thing of the past and by antifascist émigrés who saw in Futurism a cultural representative of Mussolini’s political ideology. Marinetti’s success in re-establishing Futurism with a new membership and new artistic directions had not been acknowledged in Brazil and his backdoor manoeuvres against the conservative cultural hierarchy in Italy were entirely unknown. Marinetti undertook little in 1926 to propagate secondo futurismo, but was at pains to explain that his alliance with Mussolini in 1919 did not mean that he had become his cultural emissary propagating Fascist ideology. He made this clear in two interviews translated here for the first time. The introduction is putting his words into a broader historical perspective.

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Günter Berghaus (2017). A Cultural Icon of Ill-Repute: Marinetti and Brazilian Antifascism. In Mariana Aguirre, Rosa Sarabia, Renée M. Silverman, Ricardo Vasconcelos (Eds.), 2017 (pp. 250–259). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110527834-013

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

Online ISBN: 9783110527834

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