Reader s Guide to Literature in English

Muecke, D.C., Irony, London and New York: Methuen, 1970 Perhaps the most useful introduction to the term is provided by ... The process of categorisation adopted by Muecke in the above account, and his earlier work The Compass of Irony ...

Author: Mark Hawkins-Dady

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135314170

Category: Reference

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Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

A King and a Fool

The reason for this is that irony, and verbal irony in particular, is now generally accepted—on the basis of Douglas Muecke's ground-breaking work, The Compass of Irony18—as the essential feature of satire. Accordingly, I have applied ...

Author: Virginia Miller

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004411722

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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In A King and a Fool? The Succession Narrative as a Satire Virginia Miller argues that the genre of the Succession Narrative is a satire. Accordingly, this narrative is pejoratively critical of King David.

Chic Ironic Bitterness

The Compass of Irony (London: Methuen, 1969), 47. The consensus I have found throughout the literature on the genesis on the term, speci‹cally in Knox (note below), is that this conception was not a signi‹cant enough departure to ...

Author: R. Jay Magill

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472024322

Category: Literary Criticism

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A brilliant and timely reflection on irony in contemporary American culture “This book is a powerful and persuasive defense of sophisticated irony and subtle humor that contributes to the possibility of a genuine civic trust and democratic life. R. Jay Magill deserves our congratulations for a superb job!” —Cornel West, University Professor, Princeton University “A well-written, well-argued assessment of the importance of irony in contemporary American social life, along with the nature of recent misguided attacks and, happily, a deep conviction that irony is too important in our lives to succumb. The book reflects wide reading, varied experience, and real analytical prowess.” —Peter Stearns, Provost, George Mason University “Somehow, Americans—a pragmatic and colloquial lot, for the most part—are now supposed to speak the Word, without ironic embellishment, in order to rebuild the civic culture. So irony’s critics decide it has become ‘worthy of moral condemnation.’ Magill pushes back against this new conventional wisdom, eloquently defending a much livelier American sensibility than the many apologists for a somber ‘civic culture’ could ever acknowledge." —William Chaloupka, Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science, Colorado State University The events of 9/11 had many pundits on the left and right scrambling to declare an end to the Age of Irony. But six years on, we're as ironic as ever. From The Simpsons and Borat to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, the ironic worldview measures out a certain cosmopolitan distance, keeping hypocrisy and threats to personal integrity at bay. Chic Ironic Bitterness is a defense of this detachment, an attitude that helps us preserve values such as authenticity, sincerity, and seriousness that might otherwise be lost in a world filled with spin, marketing, and jargon. And it is an effective counterweight to the prevailing conservative view that irony is the first step toward cynicism and the breakdown of Western culture. R. Jay Magill, Jr., is a writer and illustrator whose work has appeared in American Prospect, American Interest, Atlantic Monthly, Foreign Policy, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Print, amongother periodicals and books. A former Harvard Teaching Fellow and Executive Editor of DoubleTake, he holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Hamburg in Germany. This is his first book.

Divine Madness

Hutcheon , Irony's Edge , 159 . 6. Rainer Warning , " Irony and the ' Order of Discourse ' in Flaubert , " trans . Michael Morton , New Literary History 13 ( 1981 ) : 257 . 7. Muecke , The Compass of Irony , 52-60 .

Author: Lars Elleström

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838754910

Category: Art

Page: 324

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This book provides a theory that enables the concept of irony to be transferred from the literary to the visual and aural domains. Topics include the historical roots of the concept of irony as modes of oral and literary expression, and how irony relates to spatiality.

Reading Poetry

2 For general introductions to irony in literature, see D.C. Muecke, The Compass of Irony (Methuen, 1969), Irony (Methuen, 1970) and Irony and the Ironic (Routledge, 2006); Wayne C. Booth, A Rhetoric of Irony (University of Chicago ...

Author: Tom Furniss

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000548990

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 666

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Reading Poetry offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to the art of reading poetry. Discussing more than 200 poems by more than 100 writers, ranging from ancient Greece and China to the twenty-first century, the book introduces readers to the skills and the critical and theoretical awareness that enable them to read poetry with enjoyment and insight. This third edition has been significantly updated in response to current developments in poetry and poetic criticism, and includes many new examples and exercises, new chapters on ‘world poetry’ and ‘eco-poetry’, and a greater emphasis throughout on American poetry, including the impact traditional Chinese poetry has had on modern American poetry. The seventeen carefully staged chapters constitute a complete apprenticeship in reading poetry, leading readers from specific features of form and figurative language to larger concerns with genre, intertextuality, Caribbean poetry, world poetry, and the role poetry can play in response to the ecological crisis. The workshop exercises at the end of each chapter, together with an extensive glossary of poetic and critical terms, and the number and range of poems analysed and discussed – 122 of which are quoted in full – make Reading Poetry suitable for individual study or as a comprehensive, self-contained textbook for university and college classes.

Revelation and Concealment of Christ

Irony the Fourth Gospel depends upon a variety of double meanings and ambiguous expressions.176 Moreover ... 178 D. C. Muecke begins his work The Compass of Irony with the warning : ' Getting to grips with irony seems to have something ...

Author: Saeed Hamid-Khani

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725291577

Category: Religion

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The elusive disposition of John's language has been noted by biblical scholars throughout the history of New Testament studies. The Fourth Gospel is seen as so simple to grasp and yet often pointing beyond itself and beckoning the reader to read deeper. Various socio-linguistic studies have explained this feature as the reflection of the sectarian tendencies in the Johannine Christianity. In his study Saeed Hamid-Khani questions these approaches as inadequate. In turn, he examines John's language within an exegetical and theological framework. He argues that the Sitz im Leben of Johannine language was an environment in which the Hebrew Scriptures were the dominant conceptual force for both the Jews and the Christians. In this context he argues that the essential function of John's enigmatic language is wedded to the Evangelist's purpose in writing the Gospel: namely a steadfast focus upon setting forth that Jesus is the Christ according to the witness of Israel's Scriptures. It is here in these echoes and thematic allusions to the Scriptures that we find the answer to the function and significance of John's unique language: i.e., Jesus is the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, and he is the visible image of the invisible God, the embodiment of the self-revelation of God according to the Scriptures. However, these truths are concealed from the undiscerning and are only revealed by the spirit of God to those who are born of God.

The Real Modern

72. Booth, A Rhetoric of Irony, 241. My emphasis. 73. Muecke, The Compass of Irony, 120. 74. Kierkegaard, The Concept of Irony (1966), 271. Quoted in Muecke, The Compass of Irony, 120. 75. Lang, Irony/Humor, 43. 76. Ibid., 41. 77.

Author: Christopher P. Hanscom

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781684175321

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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"The contentious relationship between modernism and realism has powerfully influenced literary history throughout the twentieth century and into the present. In 1930s Korea, at a formative moment in these debates, a “crisis of representation” stemming from the loss of faith in language as a vehicle of meaningful reference to the world became a central concern of literary modernists as they operated under Japanese colonial rule.Christopher P. Hanscom examines the critical and literary production of three prose authors central to 1930s literary circles—Pak T’aewon, Kim Yujong, and Yi T’aejun—whose works confront this crisis by critiquing the concept of transparent or “empiricist” language that formed the basis for both a nationalist literary movement and the legitimizing discourse of assimilatory colonization. Bridging literary and colonial studies, this re-reading of modernist fiction within the imperial context illuminates links between literary practice and colonial discourse and questions anew the relationship between aesthetics and politics.The Real Modern challenges Eurocentric and nativist perspectives on the derivative particularity of non-Western literatures, opens global modernist studies to the similarities and differences of the colonial Korean case, and argues for decolonization of the ways in which non-Western literatures are read in both local and global contexts."

The Strange Gospel

In The Compass of Irony , D. C. Muecke identifies three basic features of all irony . First , there is a double - layered or two - story phenomenon . At the lower level is the situation either as it appears to the victim of irony ...

Author: James L. Resseguie

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004494763

Category: Religion

Page: 237

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In this literary analysis of the Gospel of John, Resseguie examines rhetoric, setting, character, and plot to uncover the Gospel’s unique point of view. He shows the usefulness of the concepts of defamiliarization and point of view for understanding how the narrator makes the familiar seem strange. A material, familiar point of view that is voiced by the dominant culture is compared with a defamiliarized, strange point of view that is expressed by Jesus and the disenfranchised. Through close readings of narrative texts, the author develops and elaborates the theological perspective of John, which emerges in the clash of differing points of view. This work is a suitable introduction to a literary analysis of the Gospel of John. It makes an important contribution to narrative criticism on the Fourth Gospel in particular, and to our understanding of defamiliarization and point of view in general. The book confronts head-on habitualized and familiar ways of thinking in the ancient world and today.

Sources Processes and Methods in Coleridge s Biographia Literaria

6 D. C. Muecke, The Compass of Irony (London: 1969), pp. 159-215 especially. 7 Ibid., p. 171 (Shelley), pp. 126, 190 (Wordsworth), pp. 6, 41, 8i, 165, 186 (Byron), pp. 141, 190 (Blake). And see Muecke's shortened study Irony (London: ...

Author: Kathleen M. Wheeler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521226905

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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This is Dr Wheeler's analysis of the Biographia Literaria, one of the central prose texts of the Romantic period.