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Ridiculously Modern Marsden: Tragicomic Form and Queer Modernity

Ridiculously Modern Marsden: Tragicomic Form and Queer Modernity <jats:p> In “Ridiculously Modern Marsden”, Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz) explores the peculiar comic register of ‘the ridiculous’ and its modernity through the self-directed laughter of modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley. A marginal figure of the Stieglitz circle, Hartley found his homosexuality too often the butt of the joke amongst his friends, and so chose to turn himself into an object of comedy. Tracing the play of this ostentatious self-ridicule, Miller shows how Hartley twins comedy and tragedy, turning laughter into a sign of ridiculous authenticity, a strange mode of gay affirmation. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Ridiculously Modern Marsden: Tragicomic Form and Queer Modernity

Modernist Cultures , Volume 2 (2): 87 – Oct 1, 2006

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
ISSN
2041-1022
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1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/E2041102209000215
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Abstract

<jats:p> In “Ridiculously Modern Marsden”, Tyrus Miller (University of California, Santa Cruz) explores the peculiar comic register of ‘the ridiculous’ and its modernity through the self-directed laughter of modernist painter and poet Marsden Hartley. A marginal figure of the Stieglitz circle, Hartley found his homosexuality too often the butt of the joke amongst his friends, and so chose to turn himself into an object of comedy. Tracing the play of this ostentatious self-ridicule, Miller shows how Hartley twins comedy and tragedy, turning laughter into a sign of ridiculous authenticity, a strange mode of gay affirmation. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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