The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

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. Laura Frost follows these experiments in the art of unpleasure,… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (June 18, 2013)

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Parent ISBN: 9780231152730

Language: English


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