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Futurism and Science Fiction

  • Simone Brioni
  • Daniele Comberiati
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Part of the Studies in Global Science Fiction book series (SGSF)

Abstract

This chapter focuses on Futurist science fiction literature’s contribution to the Italian colonial enterprise. It analyzes Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s Mafarka le futuriste: Roman africain (1909), focusing on the derogatory representation of Africa and Africans. Moreover, it examines Lo Zar non è morto (1931), a collective work by the Dieci (the Ten). This novel was published in the early 1930s, when the regime was enacting a heavy propaganda campaign to prepare the populace for the conquest of a new empire. The analysis shows that while Mafarka expressed generic fantasies of domination in the wake of the Libyan War of 1911–12, Lo Zar non è morto expresses more openly racist, sexist, and anti-communist sentiments, in line with the regime’s racist policies in the 1930s.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Brioni
    • 1
  • Daniele Comberiati
    • 2
  1. 1.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3MontpellierFrance

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