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Modernist Fraud: Hoax, Parody, Deception

Leonard Diepeveen


Focusing on literature and visual art in the years 1910–1935, Modernism and Deception begins with the omnipresent accusations that modernism was not art at all, but rather an effort to pass off patently absurd works as great art. These assertions, common in the time’s journalism, are used to understand the aesthetic and context which spawned them, and to look at what followed in their wake. Fraud discourse ventured into the aesthetic theory of the time, to ideas of artistic sincerity, formalism, and the intentional fallacy. In doing so, it profoundly shaped the modern canon and its justifying ... More

Keywords: Modernism, Fraud, Hoax, Parody, Intent, autonomy, formalism, sincerity, mimesis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonard Diepeveen, author
George Munro Professor of Literature and Rhetoric, Dalhousie University