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Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime

Authors: Billiani, Francesca, Pennacchietti, Laura

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  • Demonstrates how architecture and the novel worked together as part of a system of the arts which was integral to the Italian dictatorship and its legitimation
  • Offers the first truly interdisciplinary methodological model grounded in actual intersection to identify common principles underlying the production and theorization of different artistic forms in their relationship to the Italian fascist regime
  • Provides critical insights applicable to a variety of cultural forms produced under different forms of totalitarian states
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Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime discusses the relationship between the novel and architecture during the Fascist period in Italy (1922-1943). By looking at two profoundly diverse aesthetic phenomena within the context of the creation of a Fascist State art, Billiani and Pennacchietti argue that an effort of construction, or reconstruction, was the main driving force behind both projects: the advocated “revolution” of the novel form (realism) and that of architecture (rationalism). The book is divided into seven chapters, which in turn analyze the interconnections between the novel and architecture in theory and in practice. The first six chapters cover debates on State art, on the novel and on architecture, as well as their historical development and their unfolding in key journals of the period. The last chapter offers a detailed analysis of some important novels and buildings, which have in practice realized some of the key principles articulated in the theoretical disputes.

About the authors

Francesca Billiani is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages at the University of Manchester, UK.

Laura Pennacchietti is Research Associate in Italian Studies at the University of Manchester, UK.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • National Novel and New Architecture

    Pages 1-14

    Billiani, Francesca (et al.)

  • The Regime and the Creation of an ‘Arte di Stato’

    Pages 15-30

    Billiani, Francesca (et al.)

  • Constructing the Novel

    Pages 31-60

    Billiani, Francesca (et al.)

  • Fascism and Architecture

    Pages 61-95

    Billiani, Francesca (et al.)

  • 900 and Quadrante: Theorizing an Interdisciplinary Aesthetic Model

    Pages 97-123

    Billiani, Francesca (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Architecture and the Novel under the Italian Fascist Regime
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-19428-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-19428-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-19427-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 229
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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