Fascist directive : Ezra Pound and Italian cultural nationalism (Book, 2016) [WorldCat.org]
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Fascist directive : Ezra Pound and Italian cultural nationalism

Author: Catherine E Paul
Publisher: Clemson, South Carolina : Clemson University Press, 2016.
Series: Ezra Pound Center for Literature series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Reveals changes in Ezra Pound's prose writing resulting from his excitement over Mussolini's use of Italian cultural heritage to build and promote the modern Fascist state. Drawing on unpublished archival material and untranslated periodical contributions, the author delves into the vexing work of perhaps the most famous, certainly the most notorious, American in Italy in the 1930s and 1940s, providing fresh  Read more...
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Named Person: Ezra Pound; Ezra Pound; Ezra Pound
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine E Paul
ISBN: 1942954050 9781942954057
OCLC Number: 956738721
Description: xvi, 346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of abbreviations --
List of figures --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Italian cultural nationalism --
Renaissance revisited: Pound's foray into Italian cultural nationalism --
The bundle and the pickax: Fascist cultural projects --
Ezra Pound and/or the Fascist Gerarchia --
The Fascist cultural nationalism of the Vivaldi revival --
Italian Fascist exhibitions and Pound's fascist directive --
Propaganda art: can a poet be a traitor? --
Appendix: Vivaldi scores in Pound's hand --
Select bibliography --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: Ezra Pound Center for Literature series.
Responsibility: Catherine E. Paul.

Abstract:

Reveals changes in Ezra Pound's prose writing resulting from his excitement over Mussolini's use of Italian cultural heritage to build and promote the modern Fascist state. Drawing on unpublished archival material and untranslated periodical contributions, the author delves into the vexing work of perhaps the most famous, certainly the most notorious, American in Italy in the 1930s and 1940s, providing fresh understanding of Fascist deployment of art, architecture, blockbuster exhibitions, music, archaeological projects, urban design,a nd literature. Pound's prose writings of this period cement a "directive" approach - declaiming his views with an authority that shuts down disagreement. This work reveals the importance of this approach to his larger artistic mission.

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