On the Discourse of Satire: Towards a Stylistic Model of Satirical Humor

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - 242 páginas
This book advances a model for the analysis of contemporary satirical humour. Combining a range of theoretical frameworks in stylistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis, Simpson examines both the methods of textual composition and the strategies of interpretation for satire. Verbal irony is central to the model, in respect of which Simpson isolates three principal ironic phases that shape the uptake of satirical humour. Throughout the book, consistent emphasis is placed on satire's status as a culturally situated discursive practice, while the categories of the model proposed are amply illustrated with textual examples. A notable feature of the book is a chapter on the legal implications of using satirical humour as a weapon of attack in the public domain.

A book where Jonathan Swift meets Private Eye magazine, this entertaining and thought-provoking study will interest those working in stylistics, humorology, pragmatics and discourse analysis. It also has relevance for forensic discourse analysis, and for media, literary and cultural studies.
 

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Contenido

Introduction
xiii
In brief and in abstract
5
13 About this book
9
Linguistic approaches to humour
13
22 Linguistic approaches to humour
14
23 The Semantic Script Theory of Humour
27
24 The General Theory of Verbal Humour and beyond
35
25 Review and conclusions
42
Satire parody and irony
111
53 Metonymic and metaphoric satirical method
123
54 Conclusions
147
Satirical uptake
151
Habermas and universal pragmatics
156
63 Validity claims and satirical uptake
163
64 Summary
183
When satire goes wrong
185

Literarycritical approaches to satirical humour
45
32 Literarycritical approaches to satirical humour
46
33 Problems and issues in literarycritical approaches
55
34 Summary and extension
61
Satire as discourse
67
42 Satire as a discursive practice
70
43 Satire as irony within irony
88
Applying the model of analysis
95
45 Summary and conclusions
106
Ways of doing satire
109
73 Analysis overview and commentary
192
74 Extension and summary
203
Analysing satire as discourse
209
82 Extension
212
83 Development
216
References
219
Name index
231
Subject index
235
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