By Jennifer Scappettone
As a urban that turns out to drift among Europe and Asia, got rid of by means of a lagoon from the tempos of terra firma, Venice has lengthy seduced the Western mind's eye. because the 1797 fall of the Venetian Republic, fantasies in regards to the sinking urban have engendered an complicated sequence of romantic clichés, upsetting sleek artists and intellectuals to build conflicting responses: a few include the resistance to modernity happen in Venice's labyrinthine premodern shape and temporality, whereas others aspire to modernize by means of "killing the moonlight" of Venice, within the Futurists' infamous phrase.
Spanning the heritage of literature, paintings, and structure -- from John Ruskin, Henry James, and Ezra Pound to Manfredo Tafuri, Italo Calvino, Jeanette Winterson, and Robert Coover -- Killing the Moonlight tracks the pressures that modernity has put on the legacy of romantic Venice, and the designated traces of aesthetic invention that resulted from the conflict. no matter if seduced or repulsed by means of literary clichés of Venetian decadence, post-Romantic artists discovered a reason for innovation in Venice. In Venetian incarnations of modernism, the anachronistic city textile and vestigial sentiment that either the geographical region of Italy and the ancient avant-garde may get rid of develop into incompletely assimilated elements of the new.
Killing the Moonlight brings Venice into the geography of modernity as a residing urban instead of a metaphor for demise, and offers the archipelago as a crucible for these looking to outline and transgress the conceptual limits of modernism. In strategic detours from the capitals of modernity, Scappettone charts an elusive "extraterritorial" modernism that compels us to redraft the confines of modernist tradition in either geographical and historic terms.
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Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Modernist Latitudes) by Jennifer Scappettone