In 2009, Futurism has not ended up in a waste paper bin, as Marinetti predicted in 1909, but rather is being celebrated everywhere around the world with exhibitions, conferences and a large number of books. This bibliographic handbook is a revised and expanded version of a bibliographic reference-shelf the author published in International Futurism in Arts and Literature (de Gruyter 2000). Since then, several thousand new publications have expanded the already sizeable critical literature on Futurism. It has become difficult, even for specialists, to keep an overview on such a vast array of books and essays. The centenary year 2009 offered an opportune moment to compile a fresh bibliographic survey of the reception Futurism experienced in the period between Marinetti's death in 1944 and 2009.
This bibliography containing some 25,000 bibliographic entries is ordered in sections dedicated to individual countries and artistic media. Its purpose is entirely practical: to offer orientation to the student of Futurism and to help identify publications dedicated to specific aspects of the movement. This handbook lists most significant studies on the artists who were active in the movement and on a variety of aesthetic genres and media in which Futurism exercised a particularly noteworthy influence.
Gunter Berghaus, University of Bristol, UK.