Irony's Edge : The Theory and Politics of Irony

Irony's Edge : The Theory and Politics of Irony

by Linda Hutcheon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415054524

ISBN-13: 9780415054522

Pub. Date: 11/28/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The edge of irony, says Linda Hutcheon, is always a social and political edge. Irony depends upon interpretation; it happens in the tricky, unpredictable space between expression and understanding.

Irony's Edge is a fascinating, compulsively readable study of the myriad forms and the effects of irony. It sets out, for the first time, a sustained, clear

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The edge of irony, says Linda Hutcheon, is always a social and political edge. Irony depends upon interpretation; it happens in the tricky, unpredictable space between expression and understanding.

Irony's Edge is a fascinating, compulsively readable study of the myriad forms and the effects of irony. It sets out, for the first time, a sustained, clear analysis of the theory and the political contexts of irony, using a wide range of references from contemporary culture. Examples extend from Madonna to Wagner, from a clever quip in conversation to a contentious exhibition in a museum.

Irony's Edge outlines and then challenges all the major existing theories of irony, providing the most comprehensive and critically challengin theory of irony to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415054522
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1994
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: The "Scene" of Irony1
1Risky Business: The "Transideological" Politics of Irony9
2The Cutting Edge37
3Modeling Meaning: The Semantics of Irony57
4Discursive Communities: How Irony "Happens"89
5Intention and Interpretation: Irony and the Eye of the Beholder116
6Frame-Ups and Their Marks: The Recognition Or Attribution of Irony141
7The End(s) of Irony: The Politics of Appropriateness176
Notes205
Bibliography210
Name index239
Subject index245

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