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Cool characters : irony and American fiction

Author: Lee Konstantinou
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cool Characters tells the story of American political irony from World War II to the present: how irony came to seem politically subversive for American countercultural rebels; how mainstream culture allegedly co-opted countercultural irony; how irony became part of major critical theories of postmodernism; and how -- starting in the late 1980s -- innovative writers developed an idea of "postirony" with the hope of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Konstantinou
ISBN: 9780674967885 0674967887
OCLC Number: 921611291
Description: xiii, 368 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the character of irony --
Irony --
The hipster as critic --
Punk's positive dystopia --
Postirony --
How to be a believer --
The work of the coolhunter --
Conclusion: Manic pixie dream occupier.
Responsibility: Lee Konstantinou.

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Lee Konstantinou examines irony in American literary and political life, showing how it migrated from the countercultural margins of the 1950s to the 1980s mainstream. Along the way, irony was  Read more...

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A crisply intelligent and very readable study of irony's literary trajectory.--Dustin Illingworth"Literary Hub" (02/25/2016) Excellent, well-read and well-written...[An] insightful, provocative and Read more...

 
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