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Fare gli italiani dell’anno 3000

Paolo Mantegazza e le prospettive future dell’amore nell’Italia postunitaria

Francesca Campani    Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia; University of Lincoln, UK    



In 1897 the Italian anthropologist Paolo Mantegazza published The year 3000. A dream, a science fiction novel in which he described the future order of mankind through the journey of a couple. While recent historiography has focused on the eugenic elements of the book, this article discusses the social and gender matters that underpin the novel. Indeed, on the basis of the emotional paradigm of romantic love, Mantegazza put the ‘sexual reform’ of the post-unified Italy at the centre of his work. Believing that «love was the first instrument of progress», he aimed to show how under the guidance of science, humanity as well as Italian society would have a future of happiness and prosperity.

Keywords: Paolo Mantegazza. Sexuality. Romantic love. Science fiction. Italian positivism.

Language: it

Submitted: March 7, 2019   Accepted: April 29, 2019   Published: Nov. 27, 2019  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2019/01/026

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