Irony's Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony

Irony's Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony

By: Linda Hutcheon (author)Paperback

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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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Table of Illustrations Introduction: The 'Scene' of Irony Acknowledgements 1. Risky Business: The 'Transideological' Politics of Irony 2. The Cutting Edge 3. Modelling Meaning: The Semantics of Irony 4. discursive Communities: How Irony 'Happens' 5. Intention and Interpretation: Irony and the Eye of the Beholder 6. Frame-ups and their marks: The Recognition or Attribution of Irony 7. The End(s) of Irony: The Politics fo Appropriateness Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/11/1994
  • ISBN13: 9780415054539
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 258
  • ID: 9780415054539
  • weight: 436
  • ISBN10: 0415054532

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