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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 474–476.
Published: 01 November 2015
... through the book's title and whose theory of “unpleasure” propels its broadest argument: what “marks the modernist period in the genealogy of pleasure is that unpleasure and difficult pleasure are elevated as aesthetic practices that require extraordinary kinds of reading practices and often entail a...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 466–469.
Published: 01 November 2012
... not entirely unpleasurable. This cultural formation cried out for explication and explanation, and a plan for a book was born. As so often happens, that project took a differ- ent turn, but my curiosity about this phenomenon lingered; I recount this personal history to make it clear that I read...
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Novel (1 August 2000) 33 (2): 196–211.
Published: 01 August 2000
... pain for Norah, her virtuous sister. The difference in Magdalen's course of action lies in her choosing to desire, to earn her punishment. According to Jonathan Noyes: "masochism is not the love of submissiveness. It is not the pursuit of unpleasure or humiliation. It is a complex set of...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
...—perhaps paradoxically—modernist pleasure emerges from unpleasurable affects (boredom, banality) and verbal techniques (repetition, vagueness) explored by writers interested in the everyday. It is in repetition that modernist prose unites with boredom and banality. Repetition is a standard modernist...