"The Futurist Mountains": F.T. Marinetti's experiences of mountain combat in the First World War

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Title: "The Futurist Mountains": F.T. Marinetti's experiences of mountain combat in the First World War
Authors: Daly, Selena
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4507
Date: 24-Jun-2013
Abstract: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s first experience of active combat was as a member of the Lombard Battalion of Volunteer Cyclists and Motorists in the autumn of 1915, when he fought in the mountains of Trentino at the border of Italy and Austria Hungary. This article examines his experience of mountain combat and how he communicated aspects of it both to specialist, Futurist audiences and to the general public and soldiers, through newspaper articles, manifestos, ‘words in freedom’ drawings, speeches and essays written between 1915 and 1917. Marinetti’s aim in all of these wartime writings was to gain maximum support for the Futurist movement. Thus, he adapted his views to suit his audience, at times highlighting the superiority of the Futurist volunteers over the Alpine soldiers and at others seeking to distance Futurism from middle class intellectualism in order to appeal to the ordinary soldier. Marinetti interpreted the war’s relationship with the natural environment through an exclusively Futurist lens. He sought to ‘futurise’ the Alpine landscape in an effort to reconcile the urban and technophilic philosophy of his movement with the realities of combat in the isolated, rural and primitive mountains of Trentino.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Copyright (published version): 2013 Association for the Study of Modern Italy
Keywords: Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFuturismMountainsFirst World WarTrentinoAlpini
DOI: 10.1080/13532944.2013.806289
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:History Research Collection

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