A Rhetoric of Irony - Phoenix Books (Paperback)Wayne C. Booth (author)
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In the first and longer part of his work, Booth deals with the workings of what he calls "stable irony," irony with a clear rhetorical intent. He then turns to intended instabilities--ironies that resist interpretation and finally lead to the "infinite absolute negativities" that have obsessed criticism since the Romantic period.
Professor Booth is always ironically aware that no one can fathom the unfathomable. But by looking closely at unstable ironists like Samuel Becket, he shows that at least some of our commonplaces about meaninglessness require revision. Finally, he explores--with the help of Plato--the wry paradoxes that threaten any uncompromising assertion that all assertion can be undermined by the spirit of irony.
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 424 g
Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 21 mm
Edition: New edition
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