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Editor's Introduction: Modernism's Laughter

Editor's Introduction: Modernism's Laughter <jats:p> This special issue of Modernist Cultures is animated by two claims. First, that modernism is funny, and the moderns inveterate laughers, gigglers, joke-pullers, and devastating wags. Second, that modernism's ubiquitous laughter is overlooked, undertheorized, and downright gagged by the aura of high seriousness that still infuses critical descriptions of modernism: of its heroic gambits to shore up a besieged world of authenticity, plenitude, and presence; of its aristocratic disdain for the enervating banality of quotidian modernity; of its arch and unfeeling formalism. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Editor's Introduction: Modernism's Laughter

Modernist Cultures , Volume 2 (2): 80 – Oct 1, 2006

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/E2041102209000203
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Abstract

<jats:p> This special issue of Modernist Cultures is animated by two claims. First, that modernism is funny, and the moderns inveterate laughers, gigglers, joke-pullers, and devastating wags. Second, that modernism's ubiquitous laughter is overlooked, undertheorized, and downright gagged by the aura of high seriousness that still infuses critical descriptions of modernism: of its heroic gambits to shore up a besieged world of authenticity, plenitude, and presence; of its aristocratic disdain for the enervating banality of quotidian modernity; of its arch and unfeeling formalism. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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