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Movements full of energy or indistinct scamper of insects? Images of knights in Italian culture from futurism to post-World War II

Sica, B; (2018) Movements full of energy or indistinct scamper of insects? Images of knights in Italian culture from futurism to post-World War II. Italianist , 38 (1) pp. 1-26. 10.1080/02614340.2018.1412647. Green open access

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Abstract

This article looks at images of cavalrymen and knights in twentiethcentury Italian culture from Futurism to post-WWII culture. It looks at how men on horseback were represented in paintings, literature, art and literary criticism, and cartoons from 1915 to 1966, while they were losing their importance in military strategy and warfare. Considering both written and visual images as means to rewrite the past, the article aims to reflect upon the links between imagery, cultural tradition, history and ideology: as a powerful icon, the image of men on horseback functions as a key to follow and understand the political and cultural developments of fifty crucial years of Italian history.

Type: Article
Title: Movements full of energy or indistinct scamper of insects? Images of knights in Italian culture from futurism to post-World War II
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02614340.2018.1412647
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/02614340.2018.1412647
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Images, rewriting, cavalrymen, knights, war, Futurism, Fascism, Umberto Boccioni, Gino Severini, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Benito Mussolini, Italo Calvino, Giulio Gianini, Emanuele Luzzati
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055654
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