'Neoavanguardia': Italian Experimental Literature and Arts in the 1960s

Edited by Paolo Chirumbolo, Mario Moroni, and Luca Somigli

© 2010

The Italian neoavanguardia, a literary and artistic movement characterized by a strong push towards experimentation, playfulness, and new forms of language usage, was founded at the beginning of the 1960s by a group of poets, critics, artists, and composers. Although the neoavanguardia movement has been primarily defined and examined in a literary context, it is broadly discussed in this collection as also affecting other artistic forms such as the visual arts, music, and architecture.

In examining this often controversial movement, Neoavanguardia's contributors include topics such as critical-theoretical debates, the crisis of literature as defined within the movement, and issues of gender in 1960s Italian art and literature. This important collection interrogates the arts as creative codes, their ability to question reality, and their capacity to survive. In so doing, it paves the way for future interdisciplinary investigations of this complex cultural formation.

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  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
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  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.9in x 9.2in
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In examining this often controversial movement, Neoavanguardia's contributors include topics such as critical-theoretical debates, the crisis of literature as defined within the movement, and issues of gender in 1960s Italian art and literature.

'Neoavanguardia': Italian Experimental Literature and Arts in the 1960s

Edited by Paolo Chirumbolo, Mario Moroni, and Luca Somigli

© 2010

The Italian neoavanguardia, a literary and artistic movement characterized by a strong push towards experimentation, playfulness, and new forms of language usage, was founded at the beginning of the 1960s by a group of poets, critics, artists, and composers. Although the neoavanguardia movement has been primarily defined and examined in a literary context, it is broadly discussed in this collection as also affecting other artistic forms such as the visual arts, music, and architecture.

In examining this often controversial movement, Neoavanguardia's contributors include topics such as critical-theoretical debates, the crisis of literature as defined within the movement, and issues of gender in 1960s Italian art and literature. This important collection interrogates the arts as creative codes, their ability to question reality, and their capacity to survive. In so doing, it paves the way for future interdisciplinary investigations of this complex cultural formation.

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Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Italian Studies
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.9in x 9.2in
  • Reviews

    'This is an excellent collection of essays on a movement encompassing some of the most significant cultural phenomena of the second half of the twentieth century. From the new novel to experimental music, from poetry to architecture, combining reflections on gender and sexuality with philosophy and politics, Neoavanguardia brilliantly enlivens the study of Italian avant-garde experimentalism in an international context.'
    John P. Welle, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame
  • Author Information

    Paolo Chirumbolo is an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Louisiana State University.



    Mario Moroni is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Modern Romance Languages and Literatures at SUNY Birmingham.



    Luca Somigli is an associate professor in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto.

  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Literature and the Arts in the 1960s

    PART ONE: The Cultural Debate

    1. Literary Theory and Critical Discourse in the Italian neoavanguardia
    2. Neoavanguardia and Postmodernism: Revisiting the Oscillations between Innovation and Tradition from 1963 to 2003
    3. Parasurrealism and Technological Utopia: The Project of Malebolge

    PART TWO: Revisiting Literature

    1. The 'New' Novel of the neoavanguardia"
    2. Revolution in Flatland: Giorgio Manganelli's Critique of the Avant-garde
    3. The Poetry of the neoavanguardia and the Materiality of Language
    4. Language, Gender and Sexuality in the Italian neoavanguardia
    5. Giulia Niccolai: A Wide-Angle Portrait

    PART THREE: Beyond Literature

    1. Signs and Designs: Sanguineti and Baj from Laborintus to The Biggest Art-Book in the World
    2. Neoavanguardia and Music
    3. Superstudio Double-Take: Rescue Operations in the Realms of Architecture.

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