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Irony is seen as difficult

By John-Paul Flintoff

“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.”

More from my interview with Professor Mullan:

Why should anyone give a toss about 18th century literature?
Why was 1714 such a turning point?
An age of unparalleled irreverence and wit

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Posted: February 5, 2015