Italian futurism and the machine – Q&A with Katia Pizzi

Posted by Rebecca Mortimer - Monday, 29 Jul 2019


 How would you like someone who has read your book to sum it up in one sentence?

Italian Futurism and the Machine is an original book exploring the material, aesthetic and political force of industrial machines in modernity.

What book in your field has inspired you the most?

G. Berghaus (ed.), Futurism and the Technological Imagination (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009).

Did your research take you to any unexpected places?

Yes, e.g. Afrofuturism and posthumanism.

Which writing process do you use? 


Why did you choose to publish with MUP?

Excellent catalogue in the field.

What are you working on now?

Future cities; posthumanism; modernist literature and global peripheries.

If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice when starting out on this project, what would it be?

Avoid stop-and-start writing.

Give yourself ample time for re-drafts.

If you could have been the author of any book, what would it be and why?

James Bridle, New Dark Age. Technology and the End of the Future (2018). A compelling readable account of the current state of technology and its likely developments.

What other genres do you enjoy reading?

Popularised science; modern and contemporary fiction in English, French, Italian and Spanish and in translation; anthropology.

Which authors (academic and not) would you invite to a dinner party?

Niccolo` Machiavelli; Voltaire; Jorge Luis Borges; Katherine J. Orr.



Italian futurism and the machine is available to buy now.

Katia Pizzi is Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London.



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