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Paradoxy of Modernism$
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Robert Scholes

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108200

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108200.001.0001

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Durable Fluff: The Importance of Not Being Earnest

Durable Fluff: The Importance of Not Being Earnest

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(p.143) 5 Durable Fluff: The Importance of Not Being Earnest
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Paradoxy of Modernism
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Robert Scholes

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108200.003.0005

This chapter focuses on a category of texts called “durable fluff”—texts that are “light and funny”, and manage to survive and find audiences at least as well as others that are intended to be masterpieces of profundity. The supreme example of durable fluff, of course, is Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of Being Earnest. The chapter discusses the play as an exemplar of a certain element in literature—nothing so grand as a genre, perhaps, but a bright thread running through the textual tapestry that constitutes our literature and is therefore important in understanding that part of our literary heritage.

Keywords:   Oscar Wilde, durable fluff, The Importance of Being Earnest, plays

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