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dc.contributor.authorCorby, James-
dc.identifier.citationCorby, J. (2018). The CounterText review : post-truth and the post-literary. CounterText, 4(3), 431-443.en_GB
dc.description.abstractUnsurprisingly, the past year or so has seen the publication of a slew of books addressing the notion of ‘post-truth’. The two main triggers that have given impetus and urgency to discussions about post-truth are the result of the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump as US President. This, also, is unsurprising. The third ‘non-surprise’ are the various strategies that have been deployed by scholars seeking to make their diagnosis of the situation the final word, the most typical of which takes the form of arguments that try to show that the phenomenon of post-truth is nothing new – it can, the various claims go, be dated back to the rise of postmodernism, or to the nineteenth century, or to the statecraft of Machiavelli, or to Plato and the Sophists, or perhaps human beings have always been inherently ‘post-truth’, and perhaps that is no bad thing. Post-truth is, in other words, no surprise to the knowing scholar. Interesting arguments, no doubt, all of which, however, come straight and predictably from the Bloomian playbook of critical Oedipal misprision. It might be the case that one of these takes on post-truth is the true one, though that sort of simple resolution is seldom found (or expected) in what are, essentially, matters of interpretation.en_GB
dc.publisherEdinburgh University Pressen_GB
dc.subjectBooks -- Reviewsen_GB
dc.subjectLiterature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United Statesen_GB
dc.subjectTruthfulness and falsehooden_GB
dc.subjectMass media and technologyen_GB
dc.subjectConspiracy theoriesen_GB
dc.subjectHolocaust denialen_GB
dc.subjectUnited States -- Politics and government -- 21st centuryen_GB
dc.subjectGreat Britain -- Politics and government -- 21st centuryen_GB
dc.subjectInterpersonal communicationen_GB
dc.subjectPersuasion (Psychology)en_GB
dc.subjectKnowledge, Sociology ofen_GB
dc.subjectPower (Social sciences)en_GB
dc.subjectPolitical culture -- History -- 21st centuryen_GB
dc.subjectCivilization, Modern -- 21st centuryen_GB
dc.titleThe CounterText review : post-truth and the post-literaryen_GB
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