A Rhetoric of Irony

Excerpts from works by Defoe, Beckett, and other writings illuminated the progresses by which individuals perceive, interpret, and communicate deliberately ironic statements in speed and writing

A Rhetoric of Irony

Author: Wayne C. Booth

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226065533

Page: 292

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Excerpts from works by Defoe, Beckett, and other writings illuminated the progresses by which individuals perceive, interpret, and communicate deliberately ironic statements in speed and writing

The Rhetoric of Fiction

For this new edition, Wayne C. Booth has written an extensive Afterword in which he clarifies misunderstandings, corrects what he now views as errors, and sets forth his own recent thinking about the rhetoric of fiction.

The Rhetoric of Fiction

Author: Wayne C. Booth

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226065596

Page: 572

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The first edition of The Rhetoric of Fiction transformed the criticism of fiction and soon became a classic in the field. One of the most widely used texts in fiction courses, it is a standard reference point in advanced discussions of how fictional form works, how authors make novels accessible, and how readers recreate texts, and its concepts and terms—such as "the implied author," "the postulated reader," and "the unreliable narrator"—have become part of the standard critical lexicon. For this new edition, Wayne C. Booth has written an extensive Afterword in which he clarifies misunderstandings, corrects what he now views as errors, and sets forth his own recent thinking about the rhetoric of fiction. The other new feature is a Supplementary Bibliography, prepared by James Phelan in consultation with the author, which lists the important critical works of the past twenty years—two decades that Booth describes as "the richest in the history of the subject."

Rhetoric and Irony

In the Rhetoric, as in the Ethics, irony is directly mentioned as a kind of wit and
dissembling appropriate to the gentleman. "Irony better befits the gentleman than
buffoonery. The ironical man jokes to amuse himself, the buffoon to amuse others

Rhetoric and Irony

Author: C. Jan Swearingen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195362503

Page: 344

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This pathbreaking study integrates the histories of rhetoric, literacy, and literary aesthetics up to the time of Augustine, focusing on Western concepts of rhetoric as dissembling and of language as deceptive that Swearingen argues have received curiously prominent emphasis in Western aesthetics and language theory. Swearingen reverses the traditional focus on rhetoric as an oral agonistic genre and examines it instead as a paradigm for literate discourse. She proposes that rhetoric and literacy have in the West disseminated the interrelated notions that through learning rhetoric individuals can learn to manipulate language and others; that language is an unreliable, manipulable, and contingent vehicle of thought, meaning, and communication; and that literature is a body of pretty lies and beguiling fictions. In a bold concluding chapter Swearingen aligns her thesis concerning early Western literacy and rhetoric with contemporary critical and rhetorical theory; with feminist studies in language, psychology, and culture; and with studies of literacy in multi- and cross-cultural settings.

Toward a Rhetoric of Insult

document, or the issues to be explored (the inventories of circumstan- tiae or
peristaseis we find in the old rhetorical ... (Rhetoric of Irony, 13) Appreciating
insults as comparable to jokes and irony does not, of course, provide us with “a
sure ...

Toward a Rhetoric of Insult

Author: Thomas Conley

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226114791

Page: 176

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From high school cafeterias to the floor of Congress, insult is a truly universal and ubiquitous cultural practice with a long and earthy history. And yet, this most human of human behaviors has rarely been the subject of organized and comprehensive attention—until Toward a Rhetoric of Insult. Viewed through the lens of the study of rhetoric, insult, Thomas M. Conley argues, is revealed as at once antisocial and crucial for human relations, both divisive and unifying. Explaining how this works and what exactly makes up a rhetoric of insult prompts Conley to range across the vast and splendidly colorful history of offense. Taking in Monty Python, Shakespeare, Eminem, Cicero, Henry Ford, and the Latin poet Martial, Conley breaks down various types of insults, examines the importance of audience, and explores the benign side of abuse. In doing so, Conley initiates readers into the world of insult appreciation, enabling us to regard insults not solely as means of expressing enmity or disdain, but as fascinating aspects of human interaction.

The Rhetoric of the City

Like in other modernist poets , Jeffers's staidness of voice excluded more
aggressive irony and allegorism . Finally , Jeffers's rhetoric is closely related to
the early twentieth - century city : his cult of science and his personal notion of
wisdom ...

The Rhetoric of the City

Author: Paweł Marcinkiewicz

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631597552

Page: 206

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Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral--University of Opole)


STABLE IRONY AND RECOGNITION There is, however, a second tradition that
celebrates the stability of irony precisely ... We can have a rhetoric of irony — a
theory about its recognition, creation and effects — precisely because irony is a ...


Author: Claire Colebrook

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415251334

Page: 195

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Table of contents

The Rhetoric of RHETORIC

In this manifesto, distinguished critic Wayne Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if we study rhetoric closely. Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961).

The Rhetoric of RHETORIC

Author: Wayne C. Booth

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470765828

Page: 224

View: 978

In this manifesto, distinguished critic Wayne Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if we study rhetoric closely. Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961). Explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media. Investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practising a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides.

Irony s Edge

In his The Rhetoric of Fiction in 1961, Wayne C. Booth addressed the “secret
communion”—based on the pleasures of deciphering and collaborating—
between author and reader (300–3). In his A Rhetoric of Irony, over a decade
later, ...

Irony s Edge

Author: Linda Hutcheon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134937547

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.

Romantic Irony

... Goethe was already reluctant to use the term 'irony' for he introduced it with the
qualifying phrase: “um uns eines gewagten Wortes zu bedienen”.1 As recently as
1974 Wayne C. Booth, in the Preface to A Rhetoric of Irony (Chicago: Chicago ...

Romantic Irony

Author: Frederick Garber

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027286167

Page: 395

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This is the first collaborative international reading of irony as a major phenomenon in Romantic art and thought. The volume identifies key predecessor moments that excited Romantic authors and the emergence of a distinctly Romantic theory and practice of irony spreading to all literary genres. Not only the influential pioneer German, British, and French varieties, but also manifestations in northern, eastern, and southern parts of Europe as well as in North America, are considered. A set of concluding “syntheses” treat the shaping power of Romantic irony in narrative modes, music, the fine arts, and theater – innovations that will deeply influence Modernism. Thus the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach elaborated in the twenty chapters of Romantic Irony, as lead volume in the five-volume Romanticism series, establishes a significant new range for comparative literature studies in dealing with a complex literary movement. SPECIAL OFFER: 30% discount for a complete set order (5 vols.).The Romanticism series in the Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages is the result of a remarkable international collaboration. The editorial team coordinated the efforts of over 100 experts from more than two dozen countries to produce five independently conceived, yet interrelated volumes that show not only how Romanticism developed and spread in its principal European homelands and throughout the New World, but also the ways in which the affected literatures in reaction to Romanticism have redefined themselves on into Modernism. A glance at the index of each volume quickly reveals the extraordinary richness of the series’ total contents. Romantic Irony sets the broader experimental parameters of comparison by concentrating on the myriad expressions of “irony” as one of the major impulses in the Romantic philosophical and artistic revolution, and by combining cross-cultural and interdisciplinary studies with special attention also to literatures in less widely diffused language streams. Romantic Drama traces creative innovations that deeply altered the understanding of genre at large, fed popular imagination through vehicles like the opera, and laid the foundations for a modernist theater of the absurd. Romantic Poetry demonstrates deep patterns and a sharing of crucial themes of the revolutionary age which underlie the lyrical expression that flourished in so many languages and environments. Nonfictional Romantic Prose assists us in coping with the vast array of writings from the personal and intimate sphere to modes of public discourse, including Romanticism’s own self-commentary in theoretical statements on the arts, society, life, the sciences, and more. Nor are the discursive dimensions of imaginative literature neglected in the closing volume, Romantic Prose Fiction, where the basic Romantic themes and story types (the romance, novel, novella, short story, and other narrative forms) are considered throughout Europe and the New World. This enormous realm is seen not just in terms of Romantic theorizing, but in the light of the impact of Romantic ideas and narration on later generations. As an aid to readers, the introduction to Romantic Prose Fiction explains the relationships among the volumes in the series and carries a listing of their tables of contents in an appendix. No other series exists comparable to these volumes which treat the entirety of Romanticism as a cultural happening across the whole breadth of the “Old” and “New” Worlds and thus render a complex picture of European spiritual strivings in the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries, a heritage still very close to our age.

Irony in Mark s Gospel

our task to pull the varied material from Chapters 2 and 3 into a single framework
. On the surface of it , that framework would not appear difficult to construct .

Irony in Mark s Gospel

Author: Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521020619

Page: 232

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The author of this lucid and interdisciplinary study of Mark's Gospel believes that - when applied to Gospel texts - sociological analysis and literary criticism may be far closer together in purpose and intent than is often supposed. Professor Camery-Hoggatt therefore begins his work with an exploration of the social functions of narrative in general, and of ironic narrative in particular. He then turns to the literary functions of the internal elements of the narrative, and draws the two discussions together into a single framework that can be used as a lens through which Mark's Gospel can be read. The author's claim is that irony - especially dramatic irony - thoroughly permeates the Gospel, and that this evinces a rhetorical strategy central to Mark's whole narrative. The second half of the book shows that the presence of irony is especially powerful when the deeper level of meaning is somehow hidden from the story's characters.

The Novel

Rhetoric. of. Fiction. Wayne. C. Booth. Wayne Clayson Booth (b. 1921) Born in
American Fork, Utah, Wayne Booth attended ... Additional books include A
Rhetoric of Irony (1974); Critical Understanding: The Powers and Limits of
Pluralism ...

The Novel

Author: Dorothy J. Hale

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 140510774X

Page: 821

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An anthology of the most important writings on the theory of the novel from the twentieth century. It traces the rise of novel theory and the extension of its influence into other disciplines, especially social, cultural and political theory.

The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination

Nevertheless , the distinction between the satiric ridiculous and the ironic absurd
is indispensable to the argument of this ... The bulk of Booth's A Rhetoric of Irony
is devoted to ways of reading stable , reconstructive ironies , not all of which are ...

The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination

Author: Morton Gurewitch

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814325131

Page: 249

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The Ironic Temper and the Comic Imagination examines and illuminates the role which the ironic temper plays in the creation of complex literary comedy. The book focuses on ironic comedy, though not of the kind that is characterized by the surprises and shocks, the incongruities and reversals, of circumstantial irony. Circumstantial—or situational—irony cannot stand alone; it serves, for example, the aggressive functions of satire, or the irrational impulses of farce, or the benevolent, whimsical, or pain-defeating energies of humor.

Law Rhetoric and Irony in the Formation of Canadian Civil Culture

Law  Rhetoric and Irony in the Formation of Canadian Civil Culture

Author: Michael Dorland

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802081193

Page: 359

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In Rhetoric, Irony, and Law in the Formation of Canadian Civil Culture, Michael Dorland and Maurice Charland examine how, over the roughly 400-year period since the encounter of First Peoples with Europeans in North America, rhetorical or discursive fields took form in politics and constitution-making, in the formation of a public sphere, and in education and language. The study looks at how these fields changed over time within the French regime, the British regime, and in Canada since 1867, and how they converged through trial and error into a Canadian civil culture. The authors establish a triangulation of fields of discourse formed by law (as a technical discourse system), rhetoric (as a public discourse system), and irony (as a means of accessing the public realm as the key pillars upon which a civil culture in Canada took form) in order to scrutinize the process of creating a civil culture. By presenting case studies ranging from the legal implications of the transition from French to English law to the continued importance of the Louis Riel case and trial, the authors provide detailed analyses of how communication practices form a common institutional culture. As scholars of communication and rhetoric, Dorland and Charland have written a challenging examination of the history of Canadian governance and the central role played by legal and other discourses in the formation of civil culture.

The Vocation of a Teacher

Essays discuss teaching, the importance of liberal arts, educational funding, and graduate English study 'Is it an exaggeration to say that the future of our reading/ writing/ thinking/ speaking culture is mainly in the hands of 'English ...

The Vocation of a Teacher

Author: Wayne C. Booth

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226065816

Page: 353

View: 432

Essays discuss teaching, the importance of liberal arts, educational funding, and graduate English study

Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible

The larger narrative of Numbers 22–25 can be seen to contain an artistically
wrought and terrifying inclusio, with a concrete answer in Numbers 25 given to
the rhetorical question back in Balaam's first oracle. “Who can count the dust of

Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible

Author: Carolyn J. Sharp

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 025300344X

Page: 376

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Was God being ironic in commanding Eve not to eat fruit from the tree of wisdom? Carolyn J. Sharp suggests that many stories in the Hebrew Scriptures may be ironically intended. Deftly interweaving literary theory and exegesis, Sharp illumines the power of the unspoken in a wide variety of texts from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Writings. She argues that reading with irony in mind creates a charged and open rhetorical space in the texts that allows character, narration, and authorial voice to develop in unexpected ways. Main themes explored here include the ironizing of foreign rulers, the prostitute as icon of the ironic gaze, indeterminacy and dramatic irony in prophetic performance, and irony in ancient Israel's wisdom traditions. Sharp devotes special attention to how irony destabilizes dominant ways in which the Bible is read today, especially when it touches on questions of conflict, gender, and the Other.

Experiencing Irony in the First Gospel

Chapter 2 aMbiguity in anCient ProPheCy and dreaMs The rhetoric of irony
allows for at least two interpretations of a given speech. it is a construction that
plays on the way the audience conceives a speech in relation to its entirety and ...

Experiencing Irony in the First Gospel

Author: Karl McDaniel

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567180042

Page: 208

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The Gospel of Matthew is both deliberately deceptive and emotionally compelling.Karl McDaniel explores ways in which the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew elicits and develops the emotions ofsuspense, surprise, and curiosity within its readers. While Matthew 1:21 invites readers to expect Jewish salvation, progressive failure of the plot's main characters to meet Jesus' salvation requirements creates increasing suspense for the reader. How will Jesus save 'his people'? The commission to the Gentiles at the Gospel's conclusion provokes reader surprise, and the resulting curiosity calls readers back to the narrative's beginning.Upon rereading with a retrospective view, readers discover that the Gentile mission was actually foreshadowed throughout the narrative, even from its beginning, and they are invited to partake in Jesus' final commission.

Teresa of Avila and the Rhetoric of Femininity

' s first book was written at the command of her confessors , her second book ,
The Way of Perfection , was composed at the request of the nuns of the convent
of ...

Teresa of Avila and the Rhetoric of Femininity

Author: Alison Weber

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691027449

Page: 183

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A case study of how women were able to function as leaders and intellectuals in cultures that forbade these roles in the most extreme way. "Weber's book reveals the many ambiguities of Teresa's narrative techniques. Weber's analysis of these shifting tones and strategies is original and stimulating, and is a valuable contribution to the study of this extraordinary woman".--Colin P. Thompson, "The Times Literary Supplement". *Lightning Print On Demand Title

Literature and Theology

Nevertheless, probing into the multi-levelled structure of meaning of Screwtape's
ironic discourse on the despicability of ... Ultimately, Screwtape the demonic
ironist is 'betrayed' by the rhetoric of irony without knowing it and becomes a real

Literature and Theology

Author: Dr Heather Walton

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409481425

Page: 232

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This book explores current trends in the interdisciplinary study of literature and theology - an area of academic activity that has developed dramatically in the past twenty years. The field of study originated from the impetus to embrace the richness of imaginative resources in theological reflection and was stimulated by the re-emergence of the sacred in contemporary theory. Since the mid '90s critical theory has undergone a number of significant transformations, theology has become a subject of public concern and the boundaries between sacred and cultural texts have become increasingly unstable. This book brings together the work of leading scholars in the field with that of emerging voices. Offering an important resource for the growing number of postgraduate courses exploring the relation between religion and culture in the contemporary context, this book delineates current trends in interdisciplinary debate as well as tracing emerging configurations.

The Romantic Irony of Semiotics

dimensions of irony to the existential, in the sense of the materialist, historical
praxis aspect of the pragmatic dimension of ... These models or epistcmes act as
guidelines for a paradigmatization of the rhetorical approach to irony, as well as
the ...

The Romantic Irony of Semiotics

Author: Marike Finlay

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110872900

Page: 309

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