Irony's Edge

The Theory and Politics of Irony

Author: Linda Hutcheon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134937547

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 874

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

View: 1621

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

View: 9405

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

View: 7377

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

View: 1182

Includes abstract.

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

View: 6487

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.


Desire, Disease, Death

Author: Linda Hutcheon,Michael Hutcheon

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803273184

Category: Music

Page: 294

View: 7629

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.

Canada's 1960s

the ironies of identity in a rebellious era

Author: Bryan D. Palmer

Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr


Category: History

Page: 605

View: 8036

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.


Soziologie des Außergewöhnlichen

Author: Winfried Gebhardt,Ronald Hitzler,Michaela Pfadenhauer

Publisher: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften


Category: Social Science

Page: 434

View: 6518

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.

Black abstraction

the Umbra workshop and an African American avantgarde

Author: Eben Y. Wood

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 808

View: 9678

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

View: 1634

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.

Women's Writing in Western Europe

Gender, Generation and Legacy

Author: Adalgisa Giorgio,Julia Waters

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 463

View: 6071

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: 9743

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

View: 3478

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.

Film and Stereotype

A Challenge for Cinema and Theory

Author: Jörg Schweinitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231525214

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 396

View: 4384

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.