manuela johanna covini

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The Manifesto as a Genre

The term manifest ( from Latin manifestus 'made palpable', 'revealed') comes from the commercial field (maritime law).
Today, the term is used in many different ways and there is no generally accepted definition.
As a rule, a manifesto is understood to be a public declaration of aims and intentions, often of a political nature, addressed to a broad public.

They were declarations by rulers on important matters. But in the French Revolution the function of the manifesto changed; henceforth it was used less by rulers than by oppositionists. A manifesto had the goal of changing the world.

When we speak of manifesto, we must also examine the subject of critique more closely.

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