9) An attitude of superiority has more recently been recognised as being a trait that is often associated with the ironist
The elevated and serious tone of the great ironist
"surveys everything and rises infinitely above all limitations, even above its own art, virtue, or genius"; its external manifestation, however, is "the mimic style of an averagely gifted Italian buffo.
Cornford 1961, 120, further claims that the imposter is exposed by an ironist
, who 'masks his cleverness under a show of clownish dullness.
Switching words around indefinitely to suit [one]self" is a reasonable (if dismissive) description of the pragmatic method of making truth rather than finding it, and "accepting the unmanageable in others" is another way of phrasing Rorty's suggestion that "The liberal ironist
needs as much imaginative acquaintance with alternative final vocabularies as possible, not just for her own edification, but in order to understand the actual and possible humiliation of the people who use these alternative final vocabularies" (Contingency 92).
Melville was enough of an ironist
, and may have been enough of a classicist, to know that cynic derives from the Greek kynikos, or "dog-like," so that in one more layer of meaning, "dog-like" tyrannies of honest kings are loosed upon the "rats" of the wharves: each side is essentially brutal, and neither is fundamentally virtuous.
For the postmodern ironist
, there is no way out of the cave of appearance, preference, and manipulation.
And being an ironist
means, in this context, never having a native tongue.
That supreme ironist
, Henry Adams, called New England, "naturally barren, but highly cultivated.
The would-be ironist
is well advised to become expert in audience analysis, (p.
Attempts to pigeonhole Coupland as a shallow ironist
--"[Coupland's] army of fans and supporters [have] elevat[ed] him to the status of CanLit's premiere ironist
, a designation that would be more appropriate if his ironies were a bit less obvious and more penetrating" (6)--seem to reflect that he is not an author worthy of serious study.
against the Augustan satiric tradition," and concedes that this makes Dorn "more an ironist
than an explainer.
106 at 289, noting that 'the liberal ironist
appreciates two things.