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Les Miserables vs Schreck: The Difference between Heroic and Ironic Literature and the Difference it Makes


Martin Cothran


Modern literature and film have largely abandoned the heroic mode in favor of the ironic. All modern narrative seems to subvert rather than exalt. What is the heroic and how does it differ from the ironic and what are the implications of the answer to this question? Can the modern soul still be reached by a heroic story? To what extent is the ironic story a legitimate narrative form? How have Christian writers responded the modern emphasis on the ironic?