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The meaning of irony : a psychoanalytic investigation

Author: Frank Stringfellow
Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©1994.
Series: SUNY series, the margins of literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genuinely interdisciplinary in approach, The Meaning of Irony brings together literary analysis and, from psychoanalysis, both theory and case studies. Its investigation ranges from everyday examples of verbal irony - conscious, and unconscious - to the complex irony of literature. This book provides the first full account of verbal irony from a psychoanalytic point of view. Stringfellow shows how the rhetorical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stringfellow, Frank, 1948-
Meaning of irony.
Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)624420270
Named Person: Jonathan Swift; Franz Kafka; Jonathan Swift; Franz Kafka
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Stringfellow
ISBN: 0791419770 9780791419779 0791419789 9780791419786
OCLC Number: 28962098
Description: xi, 177 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Irony and Psychoanalytic Theory --
Ch. 2. Fantasy and Irony in Gulliver's Travels --
Ch. 3. Kafka's Trial and the Retreat from Irony --
Ch. 4. Swift, Kafka, and the Origins of Irony.
Series Title: SUNY series, the margins of literature.
Responsibility: Frank Stringfellow, Jr.

Abstract:

Genuinely interdisciplinary in approach, The Meaning of Irony brings together literary analysis and, from psychoanalysis, both theory and case studies. Its investigation ranges from everyday examples of verbal irony - conscious, and unconscious - to the complex irony of literature. This book provides the first full account of verbal irony from a psychoanalytic point of view. Stringfellow shows how the rhetorical tradition, by viewing the literal level of irony as something the speaker doesn't really mean, flattens out the rich ambiguities of irony and misses the unconscious meanings that are hidden behind ironic statements. He argues that only psychoanalysis can recover these unconscious meanings and reveal the origins of irony.

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