Multimedia Archaeologies

Gabriele D’Annunzio, Belle Époque Paris, and the Total Artwork

Auteur(s) : Andrea Mirabile

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Paris, 1910-1915. Artists, intellectuals, and international celebrities crowd the city as never before. Decadent dreams and

avant-garde manifestos celebrate the marriage between art and life. Creative experiments and vital joy dance hand in

hand—on the edge of the abyss of WWI. Gabriele D’Annunzio is one of the highly influential yet semi-forgotten

protagonists of this season and an emblem of its contradictions. A child of the Decadence, but also a forerunner of

Modernism, the Italian poet defies the barriers between art forms, languages, and aesthetic practices. Tellingly, some of the

period’s major figures across the arts are involved in D’Annunzio’s projects, including Canudo, Bakst, Brooks, Debussy,

Montesquiou, and Rubinstein. In particular, in his sacred drama Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien , the poet combines

French, Italian, literature, theater, mime, dance, music, painting, and cinema in a way that fuses old and new. D’Annunzio’s

hybrid experiments challenge Wagner’s ‘total artwork’ theories, search for a synthesis between pictorial stillness and filmic

movement, and anticipate contemporary multimedia experiences. These artistic collaborations end suddenly at the outbreak

of the Great War, when Dannunzian total artworks migrate from the stage to the battlefield, generating a controversial legacy

that calls for renewed critical investigations.

    Collection : Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft

  • Année de publication 2014
  • ISBN 978-90-420-3804-2
  • Numéro dans la collection 172
  • Nombre de pages 215

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Decadence of Decadence

The Verbal: Saint Sebastian, Adonis, and Christ

The Visual: Aesthetic/Ecstatic

The Musical: Music for the Eyes

Multimedia Archaeologies: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Belle Époque Paris, and the Total Artwork

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