Irony (The New Critical Idiom)

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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 14, Jason added it. I learned quite a bit about irony from this book.

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As Colebrook notes, [d]espite its unwieldy complexity, irony has a frequent and common definition: saying what is contrary to what is meant , a statement she traces back to Quintilian "who was already looking back to Socrates and Ancient Greek literature". It could be a ridiculous counterfactual, like saying "Another day in paradise," when the weather is appalling. Yet "[w]e live in a world of quotation, pastiche, simulation, and cynicism: a I learned quite a bit about irony from this book. Yet "[w]e live in a world of quotation, pastiche, simulation, and cynicism: a general and all-encompassing irony.

Or that deleting a review that exhibited irony, like in such an assertion, is a wonderful mise-en-abyme demonstrating the very cynical context in which the reviewer grapples with the difficulty of aboutness, while also exposing the complexity attendant with being honest or genuine in reviewing?

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I do love me some irony, and Colebrook's book is quite good. And THAT is how you do a review about a book, motherfuckers. View 2 comments.

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Aug 23, Malcolm rated it really liked it Shelves: cultural-studies. She effective grounds her case in ancient Greeks, shows how notions and understandings of irony changed with the Romantics, and explores contemporary and postmodern deployments of irony. In doing so she illustrates the broader theoretical and conceptual point "Irony lies in the tensions of language" or so Claire Colebrook reminds us on p19 of this excellent critical introduction to and exploration of one of the most ill-used, misunderstood concepts in contemporary literary theory and philosophy.

In doing so she illustrates the broader theoretical and conceptual points by drawing on well known literary texts. It is a great example of an excellent series. Mar 04, Rob Short rated it liked it Shelves: dfw-related. Jul 08, Nike rated it liked it. Colebrooks book does offer a rather complete and insightful overview of the different takes on and contradictions of irony. The parts on more modern theories on irony Deleuze, De Man, Derrida, etc. This results in a work that misses a sense of cohesion. In general the book lacks a clear structure and because of this the text is very repetitive.

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Another point of critique are the textual analyses Colebrooks book does offer a rather complete and insightful overview of the different takes on and contradictions of irony. Another point of critique are the textual analyses. Even though Colebrooks interpretations of Swift, Byron and Carter are interesting, they don't seem to add to the theoretical framework.

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Yet they sensed us, stopped, looked up — even into our eyes. For Pope and his contemporaries, such a contention would have seemed nonsensical: poems do not bring things into being; rather, they are exercises of wit, demonstrations of linguistic skill. Prior to the nineteenth century, as we have already noted, irony took two dominant forms: rhetorical irony as a figure of speech and extended irony. We only have concepts, selves and speakers through language. You may also like. I am being addressed as somebody who is on the side of the giant-killers, somebody for whom the size of the public metaphor tobacco companies is itself grotesque, although this grotesquerie is in fact a compound of their size with the lethal nature of their dealings with human beings.

If you want to know about theory on irony these examples of ironic reading are dispensable. Concluding; in the end Colebrook does give sharp and convincing analyses of the theory on irony, but it takes a lot of time to get there. Feb 27, Eric rated it really liked it Shelves: diss , irony. Colebrook offers a nice examination of irony's development as a trope. Especially nice is her exploration of how irony exceeds to bounds of a trope for both the Romantics and in postmodern theory Derrida, de Man, Deleuze and Guattari, et al.

With the exception of continual reference to Socrates, particularly in the context of how Socratic irony has been variously defined in different eras, Colebrook does stick mostly to looking Colebrook offers a nice examination of irony's development as a trope. With the exception of continual reference to Socrates, particularly in the context of how Socratic irony has been variously defined in different eras, Colebrook does stick mostly to looking at literature.

My proclivity would have been for a little more attention to irony outside the realms of poetry, fiction, and literary theory speech-act theory, e. Jun 14, Bruce is currently reading it. The p-mod bits are a struggle, but overall illuminating. Romance New Critical Idiom Series. Rhetoric New Critical Idiom Series. Postmodern New Critical Idiom Series. Performativity New Critical Idiom Series. Parody New Critical Idiom Series. Myth New Critical Idiom Series. Mimesis New Critical Idiom Series.

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