Chic Ironic Bitterness - download pdf or read online

By R. Jay Magill

ISBN-10: 0472116215

ISBN-13: 9780472116218

A impressive and well timed mirrored image on irony in modern American culture


“ This ebook is a strong and persuasive safeguard of subtle irony and sophisticated humor that contributes to the potential of a real civic belief and democratic existence. R. Jay Magill merits our congratulations for a great job!”

— Cornel West, collage Professor, Princeton University


“ A well-written, well-argued evaluation of the significance of irony in modern American social lifestyles, besides the character of contemporary inaccurate assaults and, fortunately, a deep conviction that irony is just too vital in our lives to succumb. The ebook displays broad studying, various event, and genuine analytical prowess.”

— Peter Stearns, Provost, George Mason University


“ in some way, americans— a practical and colloquial lot, for the main half— are actually alleged to converse the be aware, with out ironic embellishment, with the intention to rebuild the civic tradition. So irony’ s critics make a decision it has turn into ‘ priceless of moral condemnation.’ Magill pushes again by contrast new traditional knowledge, eloquently protecting a far livelier American sensibility than the various apologists for a somber ‘ civic tradition’ may perhaps ever acknowledge."

— William Chaloupka, Chair and Professor, division of Political technology, Colorado country University


The occasions of 9-11 had many pundits at the left and correct scrambling to claim an finish to the Age of Irony. yet six years on, we are as ironic as ever. From The Simpsons and Borat to The day-by-day Show and The Colbert Report, the ironic worldview measures out a undeniable cosmopolitan distance, protecting hypocrisy and threats to non-public integrity at bay.


Chic Ironic Bitterness is a protection of this detachment, an perspective that is helping us look after values resembling authenticity, sincerity, and seriousness that will rather be misplaced in an international packed with spin, advertising, and jargon. And it's a good counterweight to the present conservative view that irony is step one towards cynicism and the breakdown of Western culture.


R. Jay Magill, Jr., is a author and illustrator whose paintings has seemed in American Prospect, American curiosity, Atlantic per thirty days, overseas coverage, foreign bring in Tribune, big apple occasions, Wall road Journal, and Print, between different periodicals and books. A former Harvard instructing Fellow and govt Editor of DoubleTake, he holds a Ph.D. in American reports from the collage of Hamburg in Germany. this can be his first book.

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