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Irony

About: Irony is a research topic. Over the lifetime, 5124 publications have been published within this topic receiving 61340 citations.


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01 Jan 2004
TL;DR: Lee Edelman as discussed by the authors argues that the child, understood as innocence in need of protection, represents the possibility of the future against which the queer is positioned as the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, antisocial, and future-negating drive.
Abstract: In this searing polemic, Lee Edelman outlines a radically uncompromising new ethics of queer theory. His main target is the all-pervasive figure of the child, which he reads as the linchpin of our universal politics of “reproductive futurism.” Edelman argues that the child, understood as innocence in need of protection, represents the possibility of the future against which the queer is positioned as the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, antisocial, and future-negating drive. He boldly insists that the efficacy of queerness lies in its very willingness to embrace this refusal of the social and political order. In No Future , Edelman urges queers to abandon the stance of accommodation and accede to their status as figures for the force of a negativity that he links with irony, jouissance , and, ultimately, the death drive itself. Closely engaging with literary texts, Edelman makes a compelling case for imagining Scrooge without Tiny Tim and Silas Marner without little Eppie. Looking to Alfred Hitchcock’s films, he embraces two of the director’s most notorious creations: the sadistic Leonard of North by Northwest , who steps on the hand that holds the couple precariously above the abyss, and the terrifying title figures of The Birds , with their predilection for children. Edelman enlarges the reach of contemporary psychoanalytic theory as he brings it to bear not only on works of literature and film but also on such current political flashpoints as gay marriage and gay parenting. Throwing down the theoretical gauntlet, No Future reimagines queerness with a passion certain to spark an equally impassioned debate among its readers.

1,974 citations

Book Chapter
01 Jan 1981

597 citations

Book
01 Jan 1994
TL;DR: The Scene of Irony as discussed by the authors is a collection of illustrations of the'scene' of irony and the 'politics of irony' in the context of discursive communities, where irony 'happens'.
Abstract: Table of Illustrations Introduction: The 'Scene' of Irony Acknowledgements 1. Risky Business: The 'Transideological' Politics of Irony 2. The Cutting Edge 3. Modelling Meaning: The Semantics of Irony 4. discursive Communities: How Irony 'Happens' 5. Intention and Interpretation: Irony and the Eye of the Beholder 6. Frame-ups and their marks: The Recognition or Attribution of Irony 7. The End(s) of Irony: The Politics fo Appropriateness Bibliography

524 citations


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No. of papers in the topic in previous years
YearPapers
2023259
2022655
2021128
2020171
2019172
2018195