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Debra Rae Cohen, Michael Coyle, and Jane Lewty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033495

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033495.001.0001

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Marinetti, Marconista

Marinetti, Marconista

The Futurist Manifestos and the Emergence of Wireless Writing

(p.51) Chapter 3 Marinetti, Marconista
Broadcasting Modernism

Timothy C. Campbell

University Press of Florida

For all the emphasis on Marinetti and his wireless imagination, the actual parameters of his interaction with wireless telegraphy and later radio remain largely unknown. This chapter turns to these encounters. Recuperating the details of wireless invention in the figure of Guglielmo Marconi, the chapter begins by focusing on the wireless medium itself as well as the principal features of the wireless operator, or marconista, as he was known in Italy. After outlining the technical characteristics of the wireless operator and the nature of the wireless transmission, it turns to the “Technical Manifesto of Futurist Literature”. It shows how Marinetti's wireless imagination denies its Romantic lineage, becoming instead a dictating machine whose transmissions to the medium Marinetti have little to do with sense.

Keywords:   communication technology, Modernism, wireless writing, wireless telegraphy, Guglielmo Marconi, wireless imagination

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