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New insights on the reception of Etruscan antiquity in the modernist period.

“L’Étrurie est à la mode”, French archaeologist Salomon Reinach bluntly stated in 1927. Since the beginning of the nineteenth century, Etruria had not only been attracting the attention of archaeologists and specialists of all sorts, but it had also been a fascinating and, in some cases, captivating destination for poets, novelists, painters and sculptors from all over Europe. This volume deals with the impact of the constantly expanding knowledge on the Etruscans and their mysterious civilisation on Italian, French, English, and German literature, arts and culture, with particular regard to the modernist period (1890–1950). The volume brings a distinctive point of view to the subject by approaching it from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, and by looking at a quite diverse range of topics and artefacts, which includes, but is not limited to, the study of drawings, art works, travel essays, novels, cooking recipes, schoolbooks, photographs, and movies.

By exploring a new paradigm to understand ancient cultures, beyond the traditional ideas and models of “reception of the classics”, and by challenging the alleged fracture between the so-called “two cultures” of humanities and natural sciences, Modern Etruscans will be of interest to scholars from various disciplines. Designed as a learning tool for university courses on the interplay between literature and science in the twentieth century, it is suited as recommended reading for students in the humanities.

Contributors: Francesca Orestano (Università degli Studi di Milano), Chiara Zampieri (KU Leuven), Bart Van den Bossche (KU Leuven), Lisa C. Pieraccini (University of California, Berkeley), Martin Miller (Italienisches Kulturinstitut Stuttgart), Marie-Laurence Haack (Université de Picardie Jules Verne), Gennaro Ambrosino (University of Warwick), Martina Piperno (Durham University), Andrea Avalli (Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici di San Marino).

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright page
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. 5-8
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  1. Introduction
  2. Chiara Zampieri, Martina Piperno and Bart Van den Bossche
  3. pp. 9-22
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  1. Etruscans, Victorians, and After: The Modern Sense of Beauty
  2. Francesca Orestano
  3. pp. 23-42
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  1. The ‘Walking Apollo': From Archaeological Dissemination to Literary Knowledge
  2. Chiara Zampieri
  3. pp. 43-62
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  1. Cooking by the Book: Travel Writing and Etruscan Food Culture in the Interwar Period
  2. Bart Van den Bossche
  3. pp. 63-80
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  1. Etruscans in Unexpected Places: Space, Temporality and Visual Agency
  2. Lisa C. Pieraccini
  3. pp. 81-96
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  1. The Demonisation of the Etruscans: From Alfred Grünwedel to German Schoolbooks
  2. Martin Miller
  3. pp. 97-114
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  1. Mr Lawrence and Lady Larthia: D. H. Lawrence as an Apprentice Etruscologist
  2. Marie-Laurence Haack
  3. pp. 115-126
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  1. Etruscan Studies and the Infernal Landscape in Vincenzo Cardarelli's prose d'arte
  2. Gennaro Ambrosino
  3. pp. 127-146
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  1. The Problem of Distance: Giorgio Bassani, The Etruscans and the Limits of Compassion
  2. Martina Piperno
  3. pp. 147-162
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  1. A Compromised Antiquity: The Post-war Italian Rejection of the Etruscan Past
  2. Andrea Avalli
  3. pp. 163-180
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Index
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