Presentations of Marinetti’s ‘Venezianella e Studentaccio’ (1944) and ‘Modernitalia’, a collection of essays by Jeffrey Schnapp

venezianellaPresentations of Marinetti’s Venezianella e Studentaccio (1944) and Modernitalia, a collection of essays by Jeffrey Schnapp

February 28, 2013
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, NYU

Poetry reading and discussion with:

Paolo Valesio (Columbia University)

Jennifer Scappettone (University of Chicago)

Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University)

Patrizio Ceccagnoli (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


Venezianella e Studentaccio (1944)
by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
Edited by Paolo Valesio e Patrizio Ceccagnoli
Oscar Mondadori, 2013
ISBN 9788804612025

An “Aeroromanzo” set in the beloved and hated Venice in 1944, during the last years of Marinetti’s life, Venezianella Studentaccio adds to the grand tradition of literary representations of the lagoon city. Marinetti interprets the dramatic art of those years using an incredible wealth of detail and delirious surrealism. A novel joyful and playful, subversive and irreverent, which pays homage and pokes fun at the myth of Venice.


A collection of essays by Jeffrey Schnapp
Edited by Francesca Santovetti
Peter Lang Publishing, 2012
ISBN 978-3-0343-0762-8 pb. (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-0353-0337-7 (eBook)

Modernitalia provides a map of the Italian twentieth century in the form of twelve essays by the celebrated cultural historian Jeffrey T. Schnapp. Shuttling back and forth between literature, architecture, design, and the visual arts, the volume explores the metaphysics of speed, futurist and dada typography, real and imaginary forms of architecture, shifting regimes of mass spectacle, the iconography of labour, exhibitions as modes of public mobilization and persuasion, and the emergence of industrial models of literary culture and communication.

The figures featured in the book include Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Mario Morasso, Julius Evola, Piero Portaluppi, Giuseppe Terragni, Alessandro Blasetti, Massimo Bontempelli, Giorgio de Chirico, Bruno Munari, Curzio Malaparte, and Henry Furst. Alongside these human protagonists appear granite blocks that drive the design of modern monuments, military searchlights that animate civilian shows, worker armies viewed as machines, sunglasses that tiptoe along the boundary of the private and public, newsreels as twentieth-century interpretations of Trajan’s column, and book covers and bindings that act as authorial self-portraits. The volume captures the Italian path to cultural modernity in all of its brilliance and multiplicity.

This event is in ENGLISH (some of the excerpts from Marinetti will be read in Italian).

Poetry and the City is a series of bilingual readings and conversations dedicated to contemporary Italian poetry conceived in collaboration with Professor Paolo Valesio and Patrizio Ceccagnoli

Under the auspices of the Italian Poetry Review

This event is part of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States

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