Spoiler Alert

A Critical Guide

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Aaron Jaffe

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 posthistorical times. Aaron Jaffe delivers a timely corrective to postcritical modes of reading that demonstrates the dangers of forfeiting critical suspicion.

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    Portions of this book were published in “There Is as Yet Insufficient Data for a Meaningful Answer: Information at the Literary Limit,” The Year’s Work in the Oddball Archive, ed. Jonathan Eburne and Judith Roof (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016); “Pop Culture,” The Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory, ed. Jeffrey R. Di Leo (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018); and “Updating as Modernity; or, Impermanent Test Dept.,” Thresholds, http://openthresholds.org/.

    Copyright 2019 by Aaron Jaffe
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    University of Minnesota Press
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