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By Matthew Stratton

Shortlisted for the 2015 Modernist stories organization booklet Prize

This publication indicates how American literary tradition within the first 1/2 the 20th century observed "irony'" end up a time period to explain intersections among aesthetic and political practices. opposed to traditional institutions of irony with political withdrawal, Stratton indicates how the time period circulated largely in literary and pop culture to explain politically engaged varieties of writing.

It is a severe ordinary to recognize the trouble of defining irony ahead of stipulating a selected definition as a sturdy aspect of departure for literary, cultural, and political research. This ebook, in contrast, is the 1st to derive definitions of "irony" inductively, exhibiting how writers hired it as a key-phrase either ahead of and towards the institutionalization of recent feedback. It specializes in writers who not just composed ironic texts yet stated irony and satire to situate their paintings politically: Randolph Bourne, Benjamin De Casseres, Ellen Glasgow, John Dos Passos, Ralph Ellison, and lots of others.

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