A Rhetoric of Irony (Phoenix Books)

A Rhetoric of Irony (Phoenix Books)

Wayne C. Booth


Perhaps no different severe label has been made to hide extra floor than "irony," and in our time irony has come to have such a lot of meanings that on its own it capacity virtually not anything. during this paintings, Wayne C. sales space cuts in the course of the ensuing confusions by means of examining how we have the capacity to percentage particularly particular ironies—and why we frequently fail after we try and accomplish that. How does a reader or listener realize the type of assertion which calls for him to reject its "clear" and "obvious" that means? and the way does any reader comprehend the place to prevent, as soon as he has launched into the unsafe and exhilarating course of rejecting "what the phrases say" and reconstructing "what the writer means"?

In the 1st and longer a part of his paintings, sales space offers with the workings of what he calls "stable irony," irony with a transparent rhetorical cause. He then turns to meant instabilities—ironies that face up to interpretation and at last result in the "infinite absolute negativities" that experience obsessed feedback because the Romantic period.

Professor sales space is often sarcastically conscious that nobody can fathom the unfathomable. yet through taking a look heavily at risky ironists like Samuel Becket, he indicates that at the least a few of our commonplaces approximately meaninglessness require revision. ultimately, he explores—with assistance from Plato—the wry paradoxes that threaten any uncompromising statement that every one statement will be undermined via the spirit of irony.

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