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Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

Jennifer Scappettone


As a city that seems to float between Europe and Asia, removed by a lagoon from the tempos of terra firma, Venice has long seduced the Western imagination. Since the 1797 fall of the Venetian Republic, fantasies about the sinking city have engendered an elaborate series of romantic clichés, provoking conflicting responses: some modern artists and intellectuals embrace the resistance to modernity manifest in Venice's labyrinthine premodern form and temporality, whereas others aspire to modernize by “killing the moonlight” of Venice, in the Futurists' notorious phrase. Spanning the history of li ... More

Keywords: Venice, Western imagination, Venetian Republic, modernity, Italy, avant-garde, modernism, modernist culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164320
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Scappettone, author
University of Chicago