Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Got Reverse Causation?

My newest Arcade post, concerning apoleptic irony: a term I just invented in a conversation with a very smart undergrad in my Romantics class. It's the opposite of proleptic irony, the irony of anticipation, in which we know something a character in a narrative doesn't know yet. It seems to be the driver of Romantic irony (my favorite sort), and since aesthetics is first philosophy and all that I thought it would be good to start thinking about it. It's also the trope of noir, and thus of dark ecology.

1 comment:

Henry Warwick said...

and then there's apoplectic irony, expressed in the Simpson's "D'OH!!!"