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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 and Sincerity in A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

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This essay examines the use of proximal irony, meta-irony, and postirony in Dave Eggers’ creative memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. It seeks to position the work inside a cultural context in which a conflict between irony and sincerity emerges as an important debate.

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