Irony and Exile in Hérémakhonon and Mission Terminée
The widely divergent and sometimes hostile reactions to literary texts whose writers use irony signal the complexity of this type of interaction between writer, reader, and text. Particularly when there is also an ironic main character, varied understandings of these texts can reveal a shifting network of discursive communities. Linda Hutcheon's Irony's Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony analyzes how and why these communities are formed or disrupted. Maryse Condé's Hérémakhonon and Mongo Beti's Mission terminée are examples of texts whose writers were criticized for reasons that appear to be related to the ways in which the irony of both writer and narrator led to a disruption of the discursive communities whose shared contexts make irony possible.
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Laurie Corbin (2009).
Irony and Exile in Hérémakhonon and Mission Terminée. Romance Quarterly.56 (2), 127-141.