Gender, Science, and the Modern Woman: Futurism’s Strange Concoctions of Femininity
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5070/C926011391
This article examines the complex relationships drawn between material reality, (pro)creation, time, and aesthetics in the pursuit of a utopic Futurist universe that consistently decries the feminine symbolic expressly rooted in the female body. The scope of the project is to analyze Futurism's rewriting of conventional concepts of time, nature, science, and creation, their influence on corporeal aesthetics (and particularly the denigration of the female physiological body, symbolic of love, sex, and reproduction), and its subsequent effect on the development of the modern (literary) woman. The analysis focuses on Rosa Rosà's Una donna con tre anime (1918) and Enif Robert's Un ventre di donna (1918), examining woman's symbolic body, in relation to scientific discourse, intellectual progress, and modernization, as a figure of women's alterity within and against Marinetti's avant-garde movement.