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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.
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|Introduction: The "Scene" of Irony||1|
|1||Risky Business: The "Transideological" Politics of Irony||9|
|2||The Cutting Edge||37|
|3||Modeling Meaning: The Semantics of Irony||57|
|4||Discursive Communities: How Irony "Happens"||89|
|5||Intention and Interpretation: Irony and the Eye of the Beholder||116|
|6||Frame-Ups and Their Marks: The Recognition Or Attribution of Irony||141|
|7||The Ends of Irony: The Politics of Appropriateness||176|