The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents


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Columbia University Press
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Laura Frost is a writer and scholar. Her work on sex, art, gender, literature, and film has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Bookforum, The Times Higher Education, Quartz, and elsewhere. She is also the author of Sex Drives: Fantasies of Fascism in Literary Modernism.


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
[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 "
Passionate and provocative.... Frost's study of the vicissitudes of modernist unpleasure performs its argument quite well.--Ryan Chang "Biblioklept "
Laura Frost's The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and Its Discontents offers us an illuminating perspective on modernism.--Daniel Green "Open Letters Monthly "
With its breezy erudition and fast-flowing, abundantly pleasurable prose, [The Problem with Pleasure] should find and delight a wide audience.--Judith Brown "Novel: A Forum on Fiction "
Frost's book is a treasure-trove of difficult pleasures.--Saikat Majumdar "James Joyce Quarterly "
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