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Spoiler Alert

A Critical Guide

2020
Author:

Aaron Jaffe

Spoiler Alert

All of this information at our fingertips—and we might not need any of it

The inevitability of information has changed the critical quality of modernity, leaving us with acute vertigo—a feeling that nothing new is left out there. Encompassing memes and trigger warnings, Vilém Flusser and Thomas Pynchon, Spoiler Alert wrangles with the state of surprise in post-historical times. Aaron Jaffe delivers a timely corrective to post-critical modes of reading that demonstrates the dangers of forfeiting critical suspicion.

Concurrent with the compulsory connectivity of the digital age is the rise of the spoiler. The inevitability of information has changed the critical quality of modernity, leaving us with acute vertigo—a feeling that nothing new is left out there. Encompassing memes and trigger warnings, Vilém Flusser and Thomas Pynchon, Spoiler Alert wrangles with the state of surprise in post-historical times. Aaron Jaffe delivers a timely corrective to post-critical modes of reading that demonstrates the dangers of forfeiting critical suspicion.

Spoiler Alert

Aaron Jaffe is Frances Cushing Ervin Professor of American Literature at Florida State University. His books include Modernism and the Culture of Celebrity and The Way Things Go (Minnesota, 2014).

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