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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)

(p.147) 14 Interview with Robert Moynihan (1984)
The Paul De Man Notebooks

Martin McQuillan

Edinburgh University Press

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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