Discussion Questions March 5, 2013 Emilio Gentile, James Agee, and Boris Vian
Emilio Gentile’s “Impending Modernity”
1). How would you define “fascism?” If you can’t answer this question, use the “MODULES”
tab on Canvas to visit Encyclopaedia Britannica and look it up!
2). Page 8: Gentile is making a claim that other scholars have missed an important aspect of the
fascist understanding of America. What have does he claim they have missed?
3). According to Gentile, many European fascists linking Americanism and modernity. What
was the linkage/relationship of these terms in their thinking?
4). Gentile describes various patterns of thought or argument that fascist antiAmericans took
when describing their viewpoints about the United States. What are the various lines of
argument that fascist antiAmericans adopted?
5). According to Gentile, not all fascists were antiAmerican or antimodern. Describe the
viewpoints of the fascists who viewed America positively.
6). Is the American way of life and f