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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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Interview with Robert Moynihan (1984)

Interview with Robert Moynihan (1984)

Chapter:
(p.147) 14 Interview with Robert Moynihan (1984)
Source:
The Paul De Man Notebooks
Author(s):

Martin McQuillan

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.003.0015

In this interview, published in 1984, Paul de Man asks Robert Moynihan about his work on the concept of irony and why irony — this emphasis on doubleness and tripleness — should be so prominent in recent discussions of literature; the use of fiction masquerading as autobiography as a technique for controlling the fictional text; why the quest theme is so pervasive in Western literature, particularly since the medieval period; why the English Romantics are not often associated with irony; how irony is present in William Wordsworth's poem ‘Intimations Ode’; whether one can be ironic and a solipsist at the same time; the temporal possibility of irony because of multiple consciousness in time; the idea of totality in the ‘divine’ in relation to reading; the dogmatic approach to texts, that is, the attempted establishment of single meanings; the meaning of the phrase ‘epistemology of metaphor’; the definition of the term deconstruction; and Martin Heidegger's own ‘revealing’ and ‘hiding’ metaphors.

Keywords:   interview, Paul de Man, Robert Moynihan, irony, fiction, William Wordsworth, epistemology of metaphor, deconstruction, Martin Heidegger

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