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Futurism and the Catholic Church: From Anticlericalism to Sacred Art

Futurism and the Catholic Church: From Anticlericalism to Sacred Art
121 St. Joseph Street, Room 400
Time: Mar 20th, 4:00 pm End: Mar 20th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Language Studies (UTM), Italian Studies (FAS), Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), 2000-, 1950-2000, 1900-1950
Lecture by Monica Jansen, Utrecht University

Prof. Salvatore Bancheri
Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies. University of Toronto

cordially invites you to a public lecture by

Monica Jansen, Utrecht University

Futurism and the Catholic Church: from Anticlericalism to Sacred Art

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall 400
121 St. Joseph Street, St. Michael’s College
University of Toronto

A reception to follow. Everyone is welcome and admission is free, but an RSVP is required.   Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca

The Futurist Movement’s aesthetic offensive against “passatismo” soon after the 1909 Foundation Manifesto is transformed into avant-garde politics. Anticlericalism is a recurrent issue on the Futurist agenda and a point of debate with the Fascist Party until Marinetti’s reconciliation with Fascism and the ratification of the Lateran Pacts in 1929. However, in the Futurist aesthetic program anticlericalism is never abandoned and it is restated in the 1931 Manifesto of Sacred Art. In this lecture I will analyze anticlericalism as a vector of aesthetic and political alliances that determines the otherness of the avant-garde (from the point of view of Futurism) and of modernism (from the point of view of the Catholic Church), as well as its situatedness.

Monica Jansen is an Assistant Professor of Italian Literature at Utrecht University and a research fellow at the University of Antwerp. She has published on contemporary Italian literature with a special focus on (late) postmodernism and modernism. She is the author of Il dibattito sul postmoderno in Italia: In bilico tra dialettica e ambiguità (Franco Cesati Editore, 2002). She is working on a co-authored monograph on modernism and religion together with Luca Somigli.

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