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Fictionalizing the World

Rethinking the Politics of Literature

Edited By Louisa Söllner and Anita Vržina

The book offers ten essays which explore the interaction between literature and politics. The authors investigate a variety of genres including young-adult fiction, national poetry, novels, autobiography, and performance art from different time periods ranging from the 18 th up to the 21 st century from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Grouped in three sections, the essays focus on the relationship between fiction and identity; the creation of spaces of/in fiction; and the interplay of irony and fiction. They reveal that fiction has a fundamental potential not only to react to but also to affect and shape the world. This offers a possibility to negotiate and re-imagine the ways in which we perceive the world and position ourselves within it.
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Irony under Control? Kierkegaard’s Conception of Controlled Irony as a Critical Theory of Aesthetic Fictionalization

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This essay discusses Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Irony, in which he introduces the concept of controlled irony as an aesthetic and epistemological model that conceives irony as a self-critical medium of fictionalization that does not negate reality, but gives way to a skeptically informed form of realism.

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