Miller caustically describes that medium as so thorough an absorption of "narration's ironizing
effect on character that narration can seem, however eerily, to originate with character, like a diary written in the third person.
While her work can easily be interpreted as ironizing
patriarchy--the Man of Steel, the steady ship, even the (minor, masculine) act of seaside painting--the disquieting scenes in Bradford's recent canvases don't initially read as takedowns of modernism's gendered exclusivity or inflated heroics.
During this period of radical irony, which Carroll Peterson traces back to William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, it was perfectly consistent that Davidson should be an insider of aesthetic circles such as the Rhymers' Club while simultaneously ironizing
art and aestheticism in his works.
NGOs have published cartoon animations ironizing
the ecological-political situation of western Macedonia.
Over the course of adolescence, young men may increasingly learn to manage masculine norms by ironizing
them, which entails neither attending nor disputing them in direct or obvious ways" (Korobov, 2005, p.
Ambiguously she opens the poem with "No Man instructed me," a line that bristles with rage, ironizing
deferral at the same time acknowledging her own powerlessness.
Stopping short of the textualizing, ironizing
, or undermining of history itself--and more directly relevant to the theater--are those accounts of the recent institutional history of theater that have argued the impossibility of any form of political radicalism to be found in scripted drama performed within a theater building.
This complexity is designed: while the logic of fiction leads us to feel that Alex is somehow saved as Axel is not, and few readers could find the circus scene other than moving, the relentless ironizing
of the Banville protagonist partly undercuts that humanist moment where Alex finds how to play himself truly and overcome his false, malevolent other, as figured in the clown.
Present in all ironic discourse are two discourses: the ironized and the ironizing
In "Getting Round," Muldoon mobilizes Robert Frost's similarly ironic path in "The Silken Tent," which Muldoon sets out via a traffic conceit complete with cratered road, official warning sign, and highly visible "flashing light": "my sense that Frost is already ironizing
the phrase 'at midday' is substantiated by the over-the-top tone of the following phrase, 'when a sunny, summer breeze', its alliterative pile-up stopping us for a moment, its momentary ungetroundability a hole in the road with a flashing light on top" (117).
Past is everywhere present in Homage, and the book's blend of reverence and ironizing
gamesmanship regarding that past is announced on the cover.
Jefferson contends that Jackson shifted the metaphors of black self-hatred around, pushing it into the past while ironizing
the paradoxical relationship between "black" and "white": "What's the point of calling someone an Oreo (black on the outside, white on the inside) when he isn't even trying to be black on the outside?