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A late observation, because I happened to trip over this question... There is a subtle but interesting distinction between the terms 'ironic' and 'sardonic' that most people miss: Irony is glib, hyperbolic, and indirect. There's a passivity to it — in the sense of 'passive voice' or 'passive aggressive' — that deflects attention away from the speaker. ...


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In her essay on Post-Modernism, Linda Hutcheon states that "Poststructuralist discourse paradoxically contests, yet unavoidably inscribes, the very preconceptions it seeks to challenge." in her A poetics of postmodernism(55) From what I gathered in literary theory, and correct me if I'm wrong Post-structuralism in its attempt to deconstruct structure, it ...


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A quick précis. Very generally it is a book orbiting around a fictional book — a common enough device, but in this case the fictional book is a secret, a lost book in philosophy; said to contain missing elements or volumes of the poetics, it harbors the secret of “levity” that philosophy had lost: a sort of bright ember that would flourish into the ...


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