Irony's Edge : The Theory and Politics of Irony, Paperback / softback Book

Irony's Edge : The Theory and Politics of Irony Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Sociolinguistics
  • ISBN: 9780415054539

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