What is "postirony"? First and foremost, it is a response to the ironic zeitgeist. Moreover, it is the key to understanding a specific form of literature. The contemporary reader is familiar with and ? unfortunately ? used to postmodernism's ironic, self-reflexive metafiction. Authors... like David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers choose a different path: despite the reign of contemporary irony, they strive to reach the reader on a level beyond, cognitively as well as emotionally ? they claim to be sincere and true. Focusing largely on nonfiction by these authors, Lukas Hoffmann explores the means the texts use to achieve something new ? a new form of sincerity.
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