Divine Madness: On Interpreting Literatures, Music, and the Visual Arts Ironically

Divine Madness: On Interpreting Literatures, Music, and the Visual Arts Ironically

by Lars Ellestrom
     
 

Divine Madness provides a theory that enables the concept of irony to be transferred from the literary to the visual and aural domains. Two stories are being told. One is a story of how literary conceptualization has conquered the fields of the other arts and the other is a story of how literary conceptualization, conversely, has been successively relativized.

Overview

Divine Madness provides a theory that enables the concept of irony to be transferred from the literary to the visual and aural domains. Two stories are being told. One is a story of how literary conceptualization has conquered the fields of the other arts and the other is a story of how literary conceptualization, conversely, has been successively relativized. Elleström provides a survey of the historical roots of the concept of irony as well as a discussion of two hermeneutical "options": irony as a mode of oral communication and irony as a mode of literary expression. The author examines how irony is classified and how it is used as an interpretive strategy rather than a "textual trait" intended by an author. Other concepts such as paradox, mysticism and deconstruction are also evaluated in terms of their relation to irony. Elleström concludes by demonstrating that ironic interpretations of not just music are intimately connected to norms, values, and even political stances that tend to be hidden behind an allegedly objective terminology - a terminology that has its roots in the comprehension of irony as an intentional, oral phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611481488
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2002
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Lars Elleström earned his M.A. in philosophy and Ph.D. in comparative literature at Lund University in Sweden. He is a member of the International Association of Word and Image Studies, the New Society of Letters at Lund University, and the International Association of for Word and Music Studies. He has been associate professor at the School of Humanities, Växjö University, Sweden since 1998. He is also a literary critic for Sydesvenska Dagbladet, Sweden.

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