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Knowing Irony: The Problem Of Corneille, Nina Ekstein Jan 2003

Knowing Irony: The Problem Of Corneille, Nina Ekstein

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Irony and knowledge exist in a problematic relationship to each other, one that is strikingly similar to that between knowledge and secrets. If irony becomes unambiguously obvious, that is, known to all, it is no longer perceived as irony. And a secret is not a secret if it is widely known. By the same token, someone must perceive irony in order for it to exist, just as a secret must be known by someone. Thus the question of whether a given author is ironic is unlikely to have a clear, unambiguous answer. The probable lack of final clarity does not ...