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Realism beyond Mimesis: Massimo Bontempelli's Novecentismo

Simona Storchi

Abstract


Following the theorization conducted in the field of the visual arts, Bontempelli retrieved the notion of "realism" as an antidote to the experience of the avant-garde, not only in relation to avant-garde formal radicalism, but also in terms of the envisaged role of the artist in the new epoch. While in the visual arts the post-war "return to order" took the form of the elaboration of a realism which Massimo Carrà defines as the result of "una meditazione di tipo umanistico sulla convivenza possibile fra fenomenico ed assoluto, emozione e razionalità, sensazione e idea," Bontempelli's version of realism was strictly related to a specific mode of literary production - journalistic writing - and operated a shift from an emphasis on poetics to an emphasis on modes of production, distribution and reception.

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ISSN (Print): 0816-5432.
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