The author argues that the simultaneous appearance of modernism and popular discussion about difficulty and unintelligibility in art and literature was not coincidental: difficulty allowed modernism to rise.
First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Table of Contents
Difficulty as Fashion 1 (42)
Articulating Anxiety: A Theory of Difficulty 43 (44)
Professional Romanticism: Defending Difficulty 87 (58)
Difficulty, Vigor, and Pleasure 145 (33)
Simplicity and the Modern Canon 178 (43)
Conclusion Modern Difficulty's Inheritance 221 (24)
Notes 245 (32)
Works Cited 277 (32)