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The Politics of Irony in American Modernism

Matthew Stratton


This book shows how American literary culture in the first half of the twentieth century saw “irony” emerge as a term to describe intersections between aesthetic and political practices. Against conventional associations of irony with political withdrawal, the book demonstrates how the term circulated widely in literary and popular culture to describe politically engaged forms of writing. It is a critical commonplace to acknowledge the difficulty of defining irony before stipulating a particular definition as a stable point of departure for literary, cultural, and political analysis; this book ... More

Keywords: irony, satire, modernism, literature, politics, aesthetics, Randolph Bourne, Ellen Glasgow, John Dos Passos, Ralph Ellison

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823255450
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823255450.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Stratton, author
University of California, Davis

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