The Ethics and Practice of Lemony Snicket: Adolescence and Generation X

  title={The Ethics and Practice of Lemony Snicket: Adolescence and Generation X},
  author={Laurie Langbauer},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={502 - 521}
  • Laurie Langbauer
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Art
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is adolescent in the sense provided by Julia Kristeva–it offers critical insight into the breakdown of categories that support representational and ethical certainties. The ethical stance of its author, Daniel Handler, is complicated–urgent, resonant, distressing–caught in the devious irony endemic to metafictional play and to the sensibility of Generation X. Such irony casts light too on literary criticism's changing treatment of the critical… 
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