Irony's Edge

The Theory and Politics of Irony
Author: Linda Hutcheon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134937547
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 264
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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.

The Big Book of Irony

Author: Jon Winokur
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 146685975X
Category: Humor
Page: 192
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Jon Winokur defines and classifies irony and contrasts it with coincidence and cynicism, and other oft-confused concepts that many think are ironic. He looks at the different forms irony can take, from an irony deficiency to visual irony to an understatement, using photographs and relate-able examples from pop culture. * "Irony in Action" looks at irony in language, both verbal and visual, while "Bastions of Irony" and "Masters of Irony" look at institutions and individuals steeped in irony, though not always intentionally. PLUS: * The Annals of Irony looks at irony, and its lack thereof, throughout history. A delight for anyone with a smart, dark sense of humor.

Norbert Elias and Social Theory

Author: François Dépelteau,T. Landini
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137312114
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 330
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This book will compare the approach and works of Norbert Elias, well known for his analysis of the civilizing process, his work on sport and violence and, more largely, his figurational approach, with other important social theories both classical and contemporary.

Baudelaire's Prose Poems

The Practice and Politics of Irony
Author: Sonya Stephens
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780198158776
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 181
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The aim of this book is to offer a new reading of Baudelaire's Petits Poemes en prose which demonstrates the significance of ironic otherness for the theory and functioning of the work and for the genre of the prose poem itself. The book considers Baudelaire's choice of this genre and the way in which he seeks to define it, both paratextually and textually. It examines the ways in which the prose poem depends on dualities and deboublements as forms of lyrical and narrative difference which, in their turn, reveal ideological otherness and declare the oppositionality of the prose poem. Finally, the book demonstrates a relationship between these forms of otherness and Baudelaire's theory of the popular comic arts and, in doing so, proposes that the prose poems should be read as literary caricature.

Queer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music

Author: Dr Doris Leibetseder
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409472035
Category: Music
Page: 236
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Queer Tracks describes motifs in popular music that deviate from heterosexual orientation, the binary gender system and fixed identities. This exciting cutting-edge work deals with the key concepts of current gender politics and queer theory in rock and pop music, including irony, parody, camp, mask/masquerade, mimesis/mimicry, cyborg, transsexuality, and dildo. Based on a constructivist concept of gender, Leibetseder asks: ‘Which queer-feminist strategies are used in rock and pop music?’ ‘How do they function?’ ‘Where do they occur?’ Leibetseder's methodological process is to discover subversive strategies in queer theory, which are also used in rock and pop music, without assuming that these tactics were first invented in theory. Furthermore, this book explains where exactly the subversiveness is situated in those strategies and in popular music. With the help of a new kind of knowledge transfer the author combines sociological and cultural theories with practical examples of rock and pop music. The subversive character of these queer motifs is shown in the work of contemporary popular musicians and is at the same time related to classical discourses of the humanities. Queer Tracks is a revised translation of Queere Tracks. Subversive Strategien in Rock- und Popmusik, originally published in German.

Veils of irony

the development of narrative technique in women's novels of the 1790s
Author: Anna Uddén
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9789155448882
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 187
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Includes abstract.


Desire, Disease, Death
Author: Linda Hutcheon,Michael Hutcheon
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803273184
Category: Music
Page: 294
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An interdisciplinary study of the interconnected subtexts of erotic attraction, illness, and death in several 19th- and 20th-century operatic texts. This is an examination of how opera uses the singing body to give voice to the suffering person. It presents medical and literary sources to make sense of the changing depiction of disease in opera.

There is More than One Site of Resistance

Ironie und Parodie im zeitgenössischen Roman der Chicanos/as
Author: Thorsten Thiel
Publisher: Universitaetsverlag Winter
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 392
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In den kritischen Studien zur zeitgenossischen Chicano/a-Literatur ist wiederholt von Strategien des Widerstandes und der Oppositionalitat zu lesen. Der Ironie und der Parodie als Form ironischer Gestaltung ist in diesem Zusammenhang bisher nur wenig Beachtung geschenkt worden. Die Untersuchung konzentriert sich daher auf eine systematische Explikation der Funktionsweise von Ironie und Parodie als Verfahren einer gebrochenen Perspektivierung im mexikanisch-amerikanischen Gegenwartsroman. Den Interpretationen ausgewahlter Texte werden einige grundlegende Uberlegungen zur Parodie, Ironie und Komik, aber auch zur Diskurstheorie und zu Fragen der Identitat und Ethnizitat vorangestellt. Dabei nehmen die Probleme einer Integration rassischer und ethnischer Traditionen in die komplexen Entwicklungsprozesse einer modernen und postmodernen Welt einen zentralen Stellenwert ein. In ihrer (post-)modernen Asthetisierung fungieren Ironie und Parodie auch in Prosatexten anderer ethnischer Autor(inn)en als kunstlerisches Instrumentarium und kulturelle 'Uberlebensstrategie'. Als Perspektiven der Inkongruenz und der Negation tragen sie somit in entscheidendem Masse zu einer neuen ethnischen Auffassungsweise von Welt bei.


Soziologie des Außergewöhnlichen
Author: Winfried Gebhardt,Ronald Hitzler,Michaela Pfadenhauer
Publisher: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Category: Social Science
Page: 434
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Events nehmen an Zahl und Bedeutung zu. Sie versprechen das Erlebnis des Außergewöhnlichen und prägen so die Kultur spätmoderner Gesellschaften. Der Band versammelt Aufsätze, die sich aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven um eine soziologische Deutung dieses Phänomens bemühen.

Canada's 1960s

The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Author: Bryan D. Palmer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780802096593
Category: History
Page: 605
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Focusing on the major movements and personalities of the time, as well as the lasting influence of the period, Canada's 1960s examines the legacy of this rebellious decade's impact on contemporary notions of Canadian identity.

Philosophy of Education

Proceedings of the ... Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Education
Page: N.A
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Black abstraction

the Umbra workshop and an African American avantgarde
Author: Eben Y. Wood
Publisher: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 808
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Shakespeare and Canada

essays on production, translation, and adaptation
Author: Richard Paul Knowles
Publisher: College of Europe Pubns
ISBN: 9789052019895
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 190
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This book brings together essays on the Stratford Festival, on Shakespeare in Quebec, and on Canadian dramatic adaptations of Hamlet and Othello by Ric Knowles, one of Canada's leading drama and theatre scholars. The essays discuss such major figures as Robert Lepage, Ann Marie MacDonald, Djanet Sears, Michael O'Brien, Ken Gass, Robin Phillips, Marco Micone, and Martine Beaulne. Taken together they explore both the role that Canada has played in contemporary understandings of Shakespeare, and the role that Shakespeare has played in the constitution of postcolonial Canadian subjectivity and nationhood.


Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Chelsea House Pub
ISBN: 9780791093016
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 280
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Presents a collection of critical essays on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, analyzing its structure, monsters, Christian and pagan elements, and ideas of myth and history.

Women's Writing in Western Europe

Gender, Generation and Legacy
Author: Adalgisa Giorgio,Julia Waters
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 463
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Women's writing has, in recent decades, been one of the most exciting and productive areas of literary creativity and critical analysis. Thirty years on from the initial, spectacular blossoming of women's writing and from pioneering critical projects to (re)construct a female literary tradition, Women's Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy is the first study to investigate the legacy of this earlier generation of writers, texts and theories for contemporary women writers from across western Europe. This important and timely book brings together original analyses by different generations of critics from around the globe, from internationally renowned feminist scholars to promising doctoral students. Their sophisticated studies uncover a complex web of explicit and implicit intertextual links between contemporary writers and such iconic figures as Aleramo, Beauvoir, Colette, Cixous, Duras, Irigaray, Kristeva, Morante, Morgner, Wolf and Woolf, so attesting to the existence of a truly international women's culture across ever more fluid national borders. Women's Writing in Western Europe is a major intervention in the field of feminist literary criticism which offers new, comparative understandings of such key theoretical concepts as intertextuality, intergenerational relations, gender, identity and legacy. "Covering an enormous range of writers and national traditions, Women's Writing in Western Europe: Gender, Generation and Legacy attests to the vibrancy and the currency of feminist criticism and theory in the new Europe. These essays give us new paradigms to think and read with in the future." Professor Marianne Hirsch, Columbia University, New York. "Thirty years after the creative outburst of women's writing and feminist theory of the early 1970s, can we still speak of a women's tradition of writing, of gender and generation, of the iconic role of the mother figure? This dense and wide ranging collection of essays engages with the dynamics of legacy and conflict, of recognition and denial, to map out some of the many complex strands and relationships marking the textual relations of women's writing across time and geographic boundaries. No simple tradition of women's writing emerges, but the powerful hold exerted by some of the most canonical writers - Beauvoir, Woolf, Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva, Rich - and the evidence of the construction of new relationships between and across texts by women points to a continuing network of transmission in which women's texts are enmeshed. This is an important collection and a large readership will be grateful for this probing of issues which are at the heart of the reading of women's writing." Professor Elizabeth Fallaize, St. John's College Oxford

Narrative Unreliability in the Twentieth-century First-person Novel

Author: Elke D'hoker,Gunther Martens
Publisher: De Gruyter
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 338
View: 1931

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This volume deals with the occurrence and development of unreliable first-person narration in twentieth century Western literature. The different articles approach this topic both from the angle of literary theory and through a close reading of literary texts from a variety of national literatures, including French, Italian, German, British, Dutch, Danish and Polish. In this way, the collection highlights the different uses to which unreliability has been put in different contexts, poetical traditions and literary movements.

Literaturas de língua inglesa, visoes e revisoes

estudos culturais
Author: Lêda Maria Braga Tomitch
Publisher: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: 575
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Este volume da série Estudos Culturais reúne 56 trabalhos de pesquisadores brasileiros e estrangeiros, apresentados durante o XXXII SENAPULLI (seminário Nacional de Professores de Literaturas de Língua Inglesa) nas seguintes áreas - literaturas americana, anglo-irlandesa, britânica, canadense e indiana; diálogos e Shakespeare.