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Casanova, Marinetti and the Art of Seduction

  • Author(s): Siracusa, Dominic E
  • et al.
Abstract

The paper explores F.T. Marinetti's strategy behind seduction, both literal and textual, and seeks to elucidate Marinetti's affinities with the greatest seducer of the Italian literary tradition, Giacomo Casanova, as well as to illustrate Marinetti's original contributions to the theme. In my opinion, Marinetti uses seduction as a form of dissimulation in order to instigate women to participate in the Futurist movement: he intentionally plays the role of the misogynist to provoke a "written" response from women and to cause them to think about their position in society. Consequently, he appears more libertine or egalitarian than the "enlightened" Casanova, for Marinetti truly campaigns to eliminate all the societal constructions oppressing the sexes, mainly the institution of marriage and the romantic idea of Love.

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