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Title: The Literary Semiotics of Verbal Irony: The Example of Joyce's 'The Boarding House'
Authors: Hutcheon, Linda
Butler, Sharon A.
Keywords: Irish literature
Joyce, James (1882-1941)
"The Boarding House"
short story
Issue Date: 1981
Publisher: Association canadienne de sémiotique
Citation: Hutcheon, Linda. "The Literary Semiotics of Verbal Irony: The Example of Joyce's 'The Boarding House'." Recherches Semiotiques/ Semiotic Inquiry 1.3 (1981): 244-260.
Abstract: In classical rhetoric, irony figured, along with metaphor, metonymy and syneedoche, as one of the four principal tropes. However, the historical fate of irony in English literary criticism since then has been a bizarre one. In English (and also German) speaking nations in particular, its primary dictionary meaning (a figure of speech in which the intended meaning is the opposite of that expressed by the words used) became transferred to that figurative sense in which one speaks of cosmic irony, the irony of fate - in other words, to an attitude of the modern mind as it interprets man's role in the universe. Irony then became the domain of the philosopher (Kierkegaard), the psychoanalyst (Freud's studies on jokes), or the ideologue for, like parody, irony can be seen as an 'elitist' form of literature. Lately, however, things have been changing. In the last ten years there have been a number of extended attempts to reconcile irony as a formal mode of literary discourse with irony as a world view: witness Wayne Booth's 1974 The Rhetoric of Irony, following D. Muecke's The Compass of Irony (1969). As recently as December 1980 the Modern Language Association of America devoted a session of its convention to the function of literary irony, signaling perhaps a reappropriation of the trope by modern English criticism.
Description: Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry holds the rights to "The Literary Semiotics of Verbal Irony: The Example of Joyce's 'The Boarding House'".
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9504
ISSN: 0316-7917
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