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Cool characters : irony and American fiction

Title
Cool characters : irony and American fiction / Lee Konstantinou.
ISBN
9780674967885
0674967887
Publication
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Copyright Notice Date
©2016
Physical Description
xiii, 368 pages ; 25 cm
Summary
"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 overcoming the political limitations of postmodern irony. To chart the shift from irony to postirony, and show what relationship culture has to politics, the book offers intensive analyses of important American countercultural figures: the hipster, the punk, a figure the author calls "the believer," the coolhunter, and the occupier; and new interpretations of important works by Ralph Ellison, Thomas Pynchon, William S. Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Michael Muhammad Knight, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Alex Shakar, William Gibson, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Lethem, and Rachel Kushner."--Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
February 25, 2016
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
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