Irony

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 195 pages
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In this handy volume, Claire Colebrook offers an overview of the history and structure of irony, from Socrates to the present.
Students will welcome this clear, concise guide, which:
*traces the use of the concept through history, from Greek times to the Romantic period and on to the postmodern era
*looks closely at the work of Socrates and the more contemporary theorists Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze
*explores the philosophical, literary and political dimensions of irony
*applies theories of irony to literary texts
Making even the most difficult debates accessible and clear, this is the ideal student introduction to the many theories of irony.
  

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User Review  - Rob Short - Goodreads

Eh. Some useful history here, but repetitive. A smidge reductive in places, and *Christ* the prose is dry. Read full review

Review: Irony

User Review  - Goodreads

Eh. Some useful history here, but repetitive. A smidge reductive in places, and *Christ* the prose is dry. Read full review

Contents

The Concept of Irony
1
Medieval and Renaissance Irony
9
Cosmic Tragic or Dramatic Irony and Everyday Irony
13
The Problem of Irony
16
Determining Irony through Value
18
The Philosophy of Irony Plato and Socrates
22
Platos Symposium
30
The Politics of Irony after Socrates
37
Satire and the Limits of Irony From Byron and Swift to Butler
111
The Limits of Language
112
McGann
115
Ethics and Postmodern Irony
120
The Ironic Subject and History
121
Judith Butler
126
Humour and Irony Deleuze and Guattari
131
Humour
135

Stable Irony and Recognition
41
Romantic Irony
47
The Ironic Fall
48
Irony as a Style of Existence
51
Dostoevsky Blake Swift
54
Contexts and Difference
61
The Fractured Absolute
68
Beyond Irony and Subjectivity Byron and Swift
72
Swift and Unreason
80
Byron
89
Irony out of Context Derrida Nietzsche and de Man
95
Nietzsche
98
Derrida
101
Paul de Man
107
Satire and Literary History
139
The Literary Subject and the Emergence of Irony
144
Joyous Stupidity
147
Postmodernism Parody and Irony Rorty Hutcheon Austen Joyce and Carter
153
Irony and Pragmatism
154
Linda Hutcheon and the Politics of Postmodern Irony
158
Austen and Joyce
160
Postmodern Immanence
164
Angela Carter
169
Conclusion
177
Glossary
179
References
186
Index
192
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Claire Colebrook teaches English at the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include Gilles Deleuze, in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series and Irony in the Work of Philosophy.

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