John-Paul Flintoff: Irony is seen as difficult

John-Paul Flintoff




Irony is seen as difficult

“The writers of the early 18th century are really into irony. They say one thing and they mean another,” says Professor John Mullan, of UCL. “People find that daunting, even with something as user friendly as Jane Austen. It’s a challenge. These writers expect clever readers. And they make you clever by reading them.”

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