The New Avant-garde in Italy

The New Avant-garde in Italy

Theoretical Debate and Poetic Practices

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Univ of Toronto Pr

The debate on literature and the arts provoked by the Italian neoavant-garde (neoavanguardia) is undoubtedly one of the most animated and controversial the country has witnessed from World War II to the present. Comprising the period between the late 1950s and the late 1960s, the phenomenon of the neoavanguardia involved key writers, critics, and artists, both as insiders - Sanguineti, Balestrini, Guglielmi, Eco, and others - and adversaries such as Pasolini, Calvino, and Moravia.

In The New Avant-Garde in Italy - the first book in English to document the movement - John Picchione's objective is twofold: to provide a comprehensive analysis of the theoretical tenets that inform the works of theneoavanguardia and to show how they are applied to the poetic practices of its authors. Theneoavanguardia cannot, Picchione argues, be defined as a movement with a unified program expressed in the form of manifestos or shared theoretical principles. It experiences irreconcilable internal conflicts that are explored as a split between two main blocs - one that is tied to the project of modernity, the other to post-modern aesthetic postures. This study suggests that some of the contentious views proposed by theneoavanguardia anticipated a wide range of issues that continue to be significant and pressing to this day.


The debate on literature and the arts provoked by the Italian neoavant-garde (neoavanguardia) is undoubtedly one of the most animated and controversial the country has witnessed from World War II to the present. Comprising the period between the late 1950s and the late 1960s, the phenomenon of the neoavanguardia involved key writers, critics, and artists, both as insiders ? Sanguineti, Balestrini, Guglielmi, Eco, and others ? and adversaries such as Pasolini, Calvino, and Moravia.

In The New Avant-Garde in Italy ? the first book in English to document the movement ? John Picchione's objective is twofold: to provide a comprehensive analysis of the theoretical tenets that inform the works of theneoavanguardia and to show how they are applied to the poetic practices of its authors. Theneoavanguardia cannot, Picchione argues, be defined as a movement with a unified program expressed in the form of manifestos or shared theoretical principles. It experiences irreconcilable internal conflicts that are explored as a split between two main blocs ? one that is tied to the project of modernity, the other to post-modern aesthetic postures. This study suggests that some of the contentious views proposed by theneoavanguardia anticipated a wide range of issues that continue to be significant and pressing to this day.


This study suggests that some of the contentious views proposed by the neoavanguardia anticipated a wide range of issues that continue to be significant and pressing to this day.



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Italian art and literature is now undergoing its most animated and controversial debate since World War II, says Picchione (languages, literature, and linguistics; York U., Canada), and it has been provoked by the Italian neoavant-garde. He analyzes the theoretical tenets that inform the works of the movement, and shows how they are applied in the poetic practices of its authors. He limits his study to poetry, where he finds the movement's most remarkable results. Quotations are in Italian with English translation. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

University of Toronto Press

The debate on literature and the arts provoked by the Italian neoavant-garde (neoavanguardia) is undoubtedly one of the most animated and controversial the country has witnessed from World War II to the present. Comprising the period between the late 1950s and the late 1960s, the phenomenon of the neoavanguardia involved key writers, critics, and artists, both as insiders – Sanguineti, Balestrini, Guglielmi, Eco, and others – and adversaries such as Pasolini, Calvino, and Moravia.

In The New Avant-Garde in Italy – the first book in English to document the movement – John Picchione's objective is twofold: to provide a comprehensive analysis of the theoretical tenets that inform the works of the neoavanguardia and to show how they are applied to the poetic practices of its authors. The neoavanguardia cannot, Picchione argues, be defined as a movement with a unified program expressed in the form of manifestos or shared theoretical principles. It experiences irreconcilable internal conflicts that are explored as a split between two main blocs – one that is tied to the project of modernity, the other to post-modern aesthetic postures. This study suggests that some of the contentious views proposed by the neoavanguardia anticipated a wide range of issues that continue to be significant and pressing to this day.



Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : University of Toronto Press, Ă2004
ISBN: 9781442681835
1442681837
9780802089946
0802089941
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 250 pages) : illustrations

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