Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity

Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity

by Allison Pease
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 wideranging account of aesthetic theory beginning with Kant and concluding with E R. Leavis, I. A. Richards and T S. Eliot.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521100953
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
1Civil society: aesthetics and pornography in the eighteenth century1
2Victorian obscenities: the new reading public, pornography, and Swinburne's sexual aesthetic37
3The mastery of form: Beardsley and Joyce72
4Being disinterested: D. H. Lawrence136
5Modernist criticism: the battle for culture and the accommodation of the obscene165
Notes195
Bibliography228
Index238

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