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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Genre by Example

Writing what We Teach
Author: David Starkey
Publisher: Boynton/Cook
ISBN: 9780867095746
Category: Education
Page: 178
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This book argues that creativity need not be muted simply to meet the perceived boundaries of the academic essay, that, in fact, an author immersed in a form has special insight unavailable through any other means.


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.

Film and Stereotype

A Challenge for Cinema and Theory
Author: Jörg Schweinitz
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231525214
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 396
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Since the early days of film, critics and theorists have contested the value of formula, cliché, conventional imagery, and recurring narrative patterns of reduced complexity in cinema. Whether it's the high-noon showdown or the last-minute rescue, a lonely woman standing in the window or two lovers saying goodbye in the rain, many films rely on scenes of stereotype, and audiences have come to expect them. Outlining a comprehensive theory of film stereotype, a device as functionally important as it is problematic to a film's narrative, Jörg Schweinitz constructs a fascinating though overlooked critical history from the 1920s to today. Drawing on theories of stereotype in linguistics, literary analysis, art history, and psychology, Schweinitz identifies the major facets of film stereotype and articulates the positions of theorists in response to the challenges posed by stereotype. He reviews the writing of Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Theodor W. Adorno, Rudolf Arnheim, Robert Musil, Béla Balázs, Hugo Münsterberg, and Edgar Morin, and he revives the work of less-prominent writers, such as René Fülöp-Miller and Gilbert Cohen-Séat, tracing the evolution of the discourse into a postmodern celebration of the device. Through detailed readings of specific films, Schweinitz also maps the development of models for adapting and reflecting stereotype, from early irony (Alexander Granowski) and conscious rejection (Robert Rossellini) to critical deconstruction (Robert Altman in the 1970s) and celebratory transfiguration (Sergio Leone and the Coen brothers). Altogether a provocative spectacle, Schweinitz's history reveals the role of film stereotype in shaping processes of communication and recognition, as well as its function in growing media competence in audiences beyond cinema.

Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Author: Simon Goldhill
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199978824
Category: History
Page: 304
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Written by one of the best-known interpreters of classical literature today, Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy presents a revolutionary take on the work of this great classical playwright and on how our understanding of tragedy has been shaped by our literary past. Simon Goldhill sheds new light on Sophocles' distinctive brilliance as a dramatist, illuminating such aspects of his work as his manipulation of irony, his construction of dialogue, and his deployment of the actors and the chorus. Goldhill also investigates how nineteenth-century critics like Hegel, Nietzsche, and Wagner developed a specific understanding of tragedy, one that has shaped our current approach to the genre. Finally, Goldhill addresses one of the foundational questions of literary criticism: how historically self-conscious should a reading of Greek tragedy be? The result is an invigorating and exciting new interpretation of the most canonical of Western authors.

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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Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Romance languages
Page: N.A
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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.

Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture

An Agrarian Reading of the Bible
Author: Ellen F. Davis
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139473611
Category: Religion
Page: N.A
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This book examines the theology and ethics of land use, especially the practices of modern industrialized agriculture, in light of critical biblical exegesis. Nine interrelated essays explore the biblical writers' pervasive concern for the care of arable land against the background of the geography, social structures, and religious thought of ancient Israel. This approach consistently brings out neglected aspects of texts, both poetry and prose, that are central to Jewish and Christian traditions. Rather than seeking solutions from the past, Davis creates a conversation between ancient texts and contemporary agrarian writers; thus she provides a fresh perspective from which to view the destructive practices and assumptions that now dominate the global food economy. The biblical exegesis is wide-ranging and sophisticated; the language is literate and accessible to a broad audience.

Narrative Unreliability in the Twentieth-century First-person Novel

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

Intertextual Loops in Modern Drama

Author: Christine Olga Kiebuzinska
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838638958
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 350
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Intertextual Loops in Modern Drama explores the intertextual conversations and palimpsestuous relations between modern and contemporary European dramatists such as Alan Bennett, Elfriede Jelinek, Milan Kundera, Heiner Mu..ller, and Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, and canonical texts by novelists and dramatists including Choderlos de Laclos, Denis Diderot, Henrik Ibsen, and Franz Kafka. Witkiewicz and Jelinek represent avant-garde subversions and transgressions of Ibsen's theatrical naturalism.