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L"'ironie catastrophique" de Reinhard Jirgl dans "Renégat. Roman du temps nerveux" (2005)

Abstract : Catastrophe and irony are both based on a decoupling between appearance and reality. By the upheaval that results, a catastrophe reveals what normal situations usually mask. Through its derisive intention, irony confers another sense to commonplaces. Mixing these two concepts, the writer Reinhard Jirgl forged the concept of “catastrophic irony” in two essays inside Land und Beute (2008). He defined it as opposition and complement to the entertainment-irony. Recent German history is a rich source of disasters of ironic nature, such as the fall of the Wall, this happy event behind which is hidden the collapse of grand ideologies, or as the Shoah, the impassable catastrophe, that Berlin memorials are making respectable with an atrocious irony. In his novel Abtrünnig (2005), Jirgl connects the irony of these historic and architectural catastrophes with the catastrophic life of a contemporary “construction site-man”, with no job, no homeland, no rest, or indeed, with the authors own muddled language.
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Anne Lemonnier-Lemieux. L"'ironie catastrophique" de Reinhard Jirgl dans "Renégat. Roman du temps nerveux" (2005). Cahiers d'études germaniques, Université de Provence-Aix-Marseille, 2017, Crises et catastrophes. De la mise en discours à l’argumentation, pp.237-250. ⟨10.4000/ceg.2449⟩. ⟨halshs-01989320⟩

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