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The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents

Laura Frost

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July, 2013
Cloth, 304 pages, Halftones: 6,
ISBN: 978-0-231-15272-3
$35.00 / £24.00

"A tour de force that will be widely and passionately read. Laura Frost has panache, acuity, incisiveness, and pleasure to burn. This is an important and shimmering book, a firework in its own right." — Jennifer Wicke, University of Virginia

"Strikingly original both conceptually and in its readings of a diverse array of interwar authors from Joyce and Stein to Huxley and Loos, Laura Frost’s revisionary study of literary modernism’s relation to the pleasures of vernacular culture changes the terms of the debate concerning modernism and the great divide between high and low culture. Yet her study’s implications resonate significantly beyond modernism and are urgently relevant to understanding and assessing our contemporary response to the easy pleasures of the digital." — John Paul Riquelme, Boston University

"An original and useful revision to our understanding of modernism." — Publishers Weekly

"Fresh, invigorating, witty and profound, her book impresses on every page. . . . This is criticism at its very best and it deserves to top any reading list on Modernism." — Times Higher Education

"[Frost] is an irreverent, imaginative guide to modernism, and her own writing throughout this impressive study is a pleasure and a delight." — Linda Simon, Los Angeles Review of Books

"A lively, coherent, well-researched work that makes a significant contribution to an understanding of early twentieth-century literature and its legacies." — Laura Marcus, University of Oxford

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About the Author

Laura Frost is associate professor of literary studies at The New School. The author of Sex Drives: Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism, she writes about modern and contemporary literature and culture.

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