Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity by Allison PeaseModernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity by Allison Pease

Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity

byAllison Pease

Paperback | February 5, 2009

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How did explicit sexual representation become acceptable in the twentieth century as art rather than pornography? Allison Pease answers this question by tracing the relationship between aesthetics and obscenity from the 1700s onward, focusing especially on the way in which early twentieth-century writers incorporated a sexually explicit discourse into their work. The book considers the work of Swinburne, Joyce and Lawrence and artist Aubrey Beardsley within the framework of a wide-ranging account of aesthetic theory beginning with Kant and concluding with F. R. Leavis, I. A. Richards and T. S. Eliot.
Title:Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of ObscenityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:February 5, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052110095X

ISBN - 13:9780521100953

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Table of Contents

1. Civil society: aesthetics and pornography in the eighteenth century; 2. Victorian obscenities: the new reading public, pornography and Swinburne's sexual aesthetic; 3. The mastery of form: Beardsley and Joyce; 4. Being disinterested: D. H. Lawrence; 5. Modernist criticism: the battle for culture and the accommodation of the obscene.

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"Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity offers a rich addition to studies of the limits of representation and material culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. ...provocative, highly persuasive..." The Wordsworth Circle