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Title: The Italian neo-avant-garde : between the historical avant-garde and postmodernism
Author: Gubbiotti, Clodina
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2009
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The present work argues that the Italian neo-avant-garde’s understanding and expression of the social value of formalised language and literariness is to be closely related to Modernist and Avant-gardist cultural dynamics, and not to a Post-modernist regime of cultural values. Chapter 1 presents the Italian neo-avant-garde as a phenomenon to be posited within the scenario of the changing role of the humanist intellectual in 50s and 60s Italy. Avant-garde art as a notion and tradition is tackled through Bürger and Bourdieu’s theorisations. Chapter 2 focuses on how Italian Futurism disproves any idealistic notion of avant-garde art as good political praxis. It also explores the rhetorical codifications of the avant-garde’s self-mythologizing discursive practices through the analysis of the Futurists’ use and appropriation of the genre of the manifesto. Chapter 3 analyses the neo-avant-garde’s corpus of theoretical writing and shows that, despite the fact they did not write a proper manifesto, the rhetorical codifications of the avant-garde’s self-reflexive discourse are still present in their individually written texts. Chapter 4 frames the Italian neo-avant-garde within the broader framework of the historical avant-garde while highlighting their use of and relationship with science and scientific discourse, especially in Eco’s works. Chapter 5 is a lengthy analysis of the use of the technique of the montage in poesia novissima. It carries out a critical comparison between the discursive, ideology-oriented and anti-hedonistic use of montaged linguistic material characterising the experimentalism of the Novissimi and the iconic use of language characterising the multimediatic experiments of poesia totale, concrete poetry and technological poetry. The conclusion highlights the modalities, or in Bourdieu’s terms, the distinction marks, by which the Italian neo-avant-garde challenges, appropriates, changes and finally performs the practice of avant-garde art as truly innovative art.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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