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The Art of Scandal: Modernism, Libel Law, and the Roman à Clef

Sean Latham


This book advances a relatively simple claim with far-reaching consequences for modernist studies: writers and readers throughout the early 20th century revived the long-despised codes of the roman à clef as a key part of that larger assault on Victorian realism we now call modernism. In the process, this resurgent genre took on a life of its own, reconfiguring the relationship between literature, celebrity, and the law. This book explores the complex process in which the roman à clef emerged to challenge fiction’s apparent autonomy from the social and political world. These diffuse yet poten ... More

Keywords: modernism, genre, roman à clef, James Joyce, Ottoline Morrell, Jean Rhys, D. H. Lawrence, libel law, celebrity, reception theory

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195379990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379990.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean Latham, author
University of Tulsa
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