On the Discourse of Satire: Towards a Stylistic Model of Satirical Humor

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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This book advances a model for the analysis of contemporary satirical humour. Combining a range of theoretical frameworks in stylistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis, Simpson examines both the methods of textual composition and the strategies of interpretation for satire. Verbal irony is central to the model, in respect of which Simpson isolates three principal ironic phases that shape the uptake of satirical humour. Throughout the book, consistent emphasis is placed on satire's status as a culturally situated discursive practice, while the categories of the model proposed are amply illustrated with textual examples. A notable feature of the book is a chapter on the legal implications of using satirical humour as a weapon of attack in the public domain.

A book where Jonathan Swift meets Private Eye magazine, this entertaining and thought-provoking study will interest those working in stylistics, humorology, pragmatics and discourse analysis. It also has relevance for forensic discourse analysis, and for media, literary and cultural studies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
In brief and in abstract
7
13 About this book
11
Linguistic approaches to humour
15
22 Linguistic approaches to humour
16
23 The Semantic Script Theory of Humour
29
24 The General Theory of Verbal Humour and beyond
37
25 Review and conclusions
44
Satire parody and irony
113
53 Metonymic and metaphoric satirical method
125
54 Conclusions
149
Satirical uptake
153
Habermas and universal pragmatics
158
63 Validity claims and satirical uptake
165
64 Summary
185
When satire goes wrong
187

Literarycritical approaches to satirical humour
47
32 Literarycritical approaches to satirical humour
48
33 Problems and issues in literarycritical approaches
57
34 Summary and extension
63
Satire as discourse
69
42 Satire as a discursive practice
72
43 Satire as irony within irony
90
Applying the model of analysis
97
45 Summary and conclusions
108
Ways of doing satire
111
Alan Clark vs the Evening Standard
188
73 Analysis overview and commentary
194
74 Extension and summary
205
Analysing satire as discourse
211
82 Extension
214
83 Development
218
References
221
Name index
233
Subject index
237
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