Irony is unsettling: it is a self-conscious mode that senses the failure of all sophisticated conceptualizations; stylistically, it employs rhetorical devices that signal real or feigned disbelief on the part of the author toward the truth of his own statements; it often centers on the recognition of the problematic nature of language, the potential foolishness of all linguistic characterizations of reality; and so it revels – or wallows – in satirical techniques.

Excerpt from A Crisis of Representation in the Human Sciences, writing by George Marcus & Michael Fischer.

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