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Italian Futurism and the Machine$
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Katia Pizzi

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097096

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526121219

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Futurismo and the machine

Futurismo and the machine

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(p.20) 1 Futurismo and the machine
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Italian Futurism and the Machine
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Katia Pizzi

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526121219.00009

This chapter elucidates and explores the context and background of the futurist machine. A chronological overview of the semantics of the machine across history paves the way to a discussion of conceptual discourses and questions about machine technology in modernity. Taking Marxism as a point of departure, this chapter further explores the industrial and migratory underpinnings of Italian modernity. The machine is situated here within the framework of an international, interpenetrated modernism. The chapter completes the discussion in the Introduction, exploring the legacy, background and trajectory of the machine in futurismo from the official inception of the movement in 1909.

Keywords:   The machine in history, Futurist machine, Machine technology in modernity, Italian industrial modernity, International modernism

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