A Deluge of Irony: Isak Dinesen

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2014-01-15
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Price, Marie
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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I began trying to isolate the element of style in the stories of Isak Dinesen (the pan name of Danish Baroness Karen Blixen, 1885-1962). I wanted to describe her style as part of the genre of the Gothic novel. This alrge topic set me back, and I came to think of her style as strongly individual, egocentric, but not anyone's "Gothic". I rephrased my problem as, "What is 'Dinesen' about Dinsen?" Here soon enough I abandoned all other approaches and set out to work with irony alone. I found a good mine of it in the opening story of her first published collection.
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