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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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Mechanical mach(in)ismo: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

Mechanical mach(in)ismo: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

(p.48) 2 Mechanical mach(in)ismo: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
Italian Futurism and the Machine

Katia Pizzi

Manchester University Press

The financial assets and entrepreneurial acumen of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti underpinned the mechanical orientation of futurismo, from the early days through to the demise of the movement. Marinetti’s iconoclasm disguised an awe of the machine understood as an emblem of industrial modernity stemming from the First Industrial Revolution. Charged with erotic and sexual power, a product of the technology of war, Marinetti’s machine braided flesh and metal. Cyborg-like couplings of human and machine, spanning technological conflict, electricity, futurist film, new metals and materials, gave rise to a particular brand of mechanic ‘machismo’, or machi(ni)smo: a hyper-virile posturing laced with psychoanalytical undertones. The literary work of Maria Goretti and the manual skills of the women workers in the Litolatta factory are explored here.

Keywords:   Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Technology of war, Cyborg, Maria Goretti, Sexual machines, Futurist film, New materials, Women workers, Litolatta factory

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