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The Problem with Pleasure
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The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

Laura Frost

Abstract

Aldous Huxley decried “the horrors of modern pleasure,” or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, D. H. Lawrence, and Jean Rhys, sought to radically redefine pleasure, constructing arduous and indirect paths to delight through their notoriously daunting work. This book follows these experiments in the art of unpleasure, connecting modernism's signature characteristics, such as irony, allusiveness, and obscurity, to an ambitious attempt to reconfigure ... More

Keywords: irony, Aldous Huxley, pleasure, art of unpleasure, allusiveness, obscurity, James Joyce, Rudolph Valentino, Gypsy Rose Lee

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231152723
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152723.001.0001

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Laura Frost, author
The New School

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