Il sublime tecnologico nei romanzi di Menotti Del Picchia

Gilson Leandro Queluz, Marilda Lopes Pinheiro Queluz


In the development of authoritarian speech in Brazil in the 20’s and 30’s, the conceptions about technology played an important role. Several conservative utopias at the time raised the issue of technology. In those conceptions, there was a very clear view of technology and, in spite of their varied nuances, the belief in an authoritarian and corporative state, with a technocratic base, as a substitute of collective action.
Menotti Del Picchia participates actively in this debate, dialoguing on several levels with the thought of these conservative intellectuals. His own conceptions about the relations between technology and social change would be presented in a systematic way in the books Crise da Democracia (1931) and Soluções Nacionais (1938), and they were strongly shown in his novels. The objective of this text is to discuss two perspectives of this dialogue, presented in the utopian novels, A República 3000 (1930), Kalum (1936), Cummunká (1938): the technological sublime and technology as a myth.

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