Genius and Environment in Second Florentine Futurism: Sam Dunn is Dead by Bruno Corra (Genio eAmbiente Nel Secondo Futurismo Fiorentino: Sam Dunne E'Morto Di Bruno Corra)

Maney Publishing
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Italianist, 2013, 33 (1), pp. 120 - 137
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This study explores the relationship between genius and environment in the `secondo futurismo fiorentino. It draws on the theoretical writings of the movement, which identify genius as a faculty to perceive the relentless dynamism of reality, and focuses on the analysis of Bruno Corras Sam Dunn e` morto (1914). The investigation of practices allowing articulation of Sam Dunns genius brings into play schools of thought which, around the turn of the century, aimed at developing the hidden powers of the mind. In Corras work, inner and cosmic energy engage in interplay leading to discovery. To this end, occultism provides alternative routes to `cerebralismo, with unforeseen results.
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