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Modernist FraudHoax, Parody, Deception$
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Leonard Diepeveen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198825432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198825432.001.0001

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Rereading the Shameless Puffery of Modern Charlatans

Rereading the Shameless Puffery of Modern Charlatans

(p.1) 1 Rereading the Shameless Puffery of Modern Charlatans
Modernist Fraud

Leonard Diepeveen

Oxford University Press

Beginning with the work of art critic Kenyon Cox and then turning to the many accusations of fraud levelled against modernism, Chapter 1 gives an account of fraud discourse’s dominance in early twentieth-century culture. Accusations of fraud were commonplace, and unleashed a set of rituals; fraud’s unveiling and fallout is highly stylized, and both narrative and social. These melodramatic moments of modern fraud, for all their lack of nuance, did a lot of work, and are part of a larger category that extends outward, taking on ideas such as insincerity, unclear intent, mimicry, and deception. After presenting a theory of fraud and its enabling conditions, the chapter argues that fraud discourse profoundly shaped the initial response to modernism, the modern canon, and its justifying principles.

Keywords:   fraud, hoax, moral panic, sincerity, Kenyon Cox, Henry Savage

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