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Das intensive Leben der Postavantgarde – Metanarrative Komik in Massimo Bontempellis La vita intensa

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Massimo Bontempelli's La vita intensa (1919), a series of micro-novels loosely tied together, can be regarded as a post-avant-garde work. In the preface the author exhibits ironically the revolutionary attitude which is to be found in theoretical writings of all historical avant-gardes. An important comical device of Bontempelli's text is the parodic evocation of various features of Futurism. Another is the wide range of metanarrative or metafictional oddities. The latter are, too, related with two important components of Marinetti's poetological conception, namely the ideal of syntheticity (which underlies for instance the Futurist predilection for the variety theatre) and the 'destruction of the narrative I in literature'.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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