When he considers rhetoric from an ethical point of view, Aristotle, like Plato, links
it directly with irony. Unlike Plato, he qualifies his condemnation by saying that
the gentleman must sometimes use this kind of speech when talking to the ...
Author: C. Jan Swearingen
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
This pathbreaking study integrates the histories of rhetoric, literacy, and literary aesthetics up to the time of Augustine, focusing on Western concepts of rhetoric as dissembling and of language as deceptive that Swearingen argues have received curiously prominent emphasis in Western aesthetics and language theory. Swearingen reverses the traditional focus on rhetoric as an oral agonistic genre and examines it instead as a paradigm for literate discourse. She proposes that rhetoric and literacy have in the West disseminated the interrelated notions that through learning rhetoric individuals can learn to manipulate language and others; that language is an unreliable, manipulable, and contingent vehicle of thought, meaning, and communication; and that literature is a body of pretty lies and beguiling fictions. In a bold concluding chapter Swearingen aligns her thesis concerning early Western literacy and rhetoric with contemporary critical and rhetorical theory; with feminist studies in language, psychology, and culture; and with studies of literacy in multi- and cross-cultural settings.
In this manifesto, distinguished critic Wayne Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if we study rhetoric closely. Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961).
Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
In this manifesto, distinguished critic Wayne Booth claims that communication in every corner of life can be improved if we study rhetoric closely. Written by Wayne Booth, author of the seminal book, The Rhetoric of Fiction (1961). Explores the consequences of bad rhetoric in education, in politics, and in the media. Investigates the possibility of reducing harmful conflict by practising a rhetoric that depends on deep listening by both sides.
For this new edition, Wayne C. Booth has written an extensive Afterword in which he clarifies misunderstandings, corrects what he now views as errors, and sets forth his own recent thinking about the rhetoric of fiction.
Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The first edition of The Rhetoric of Fiction transformed the criticism of fiction and soon became a classic in the field. One of the most widely used texts in fiction courses, it is a standard reference point in advanced discussions of how fictional form works, how authors make novels accessible, and how readers recreate texts, and its concepts and terms—such as "the implied author," "the postulated reader," and "the unreliable narrator"—have become part of the standard critical lexicon. For this new edition, Wayne C. Booth has written an extensive Afterword in which he clarifies misunderstandings, corrects what he now views as errors, and sets forth his own recent thinking about the rhetoric of fiction. The other new feature is a Supplementary Bibliography, prepared by James Phelan in consultation with the author, which lists the important critical works of the past twenty years—two decades that Booth describes as "the richest in the history of the subject."
[ E ] ven the most simple - minded irony , when it succeeds , reveals in both
participants a kind of meeting with other minds that contradicts a great deal that
gets said about who we are and whether we can know each other . ( Rhetoric of Irony ...
Author: Thomas Conley
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
From high school cafeterias to the floor of Congress, insult is a universal and ubiquitous cultural practice with a long and earthy history. Viewed through the lens of the study of rhetoric insult is revealed as at once antisocial and crucial for human relations, both divisive and unifying.
He elsewhere suggests that this is the reason that irony first comes to its full fruit
in Greek drama , which was the ancient ... Both Booth , A Rhetoric of Irony , 49 –
52 , and Muecke , Compass , 57 , recognize that Quintilian might better have said
In his autobiography, My Many Selves, Wayne C. Booth is less concerned with his professional achievements---though the book by no means ignores his distinguished career---than with the personal vision that emerges from a long life lived ...
Author: Wayne C. Booth
Publisher: Utah State University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In his autobiography, My Many Selves, Wayne C. Booth is less concerned with his professional achievements---though the book by no means ignores his distinguished career---than with the personal vision that emerges from a long life lived thoughtfully. For Booth, even the autobiographical process becomes part of a quest to harmonize the diverse, often conflicting aspects of who he was. To see himself clearly and whole, he broke the self down, personified the fragments, uncovered their roots in his experience and background, and engaged those selves and experiences in dialogue. Basic to his story and to its lifelong concern with ethics and rhetoric was his Mormon youth in rural Utah. In adulthood he struggled with that background, abandoning most Mormon doctrines, but he retained the identity, ethical questions, and concern with communication that this upbringing gave him. The uncommon wisdom and careful attention that empower Wayne Booth's many other books cause My Many Selves to transcend its genre, as the best memoirs always do. The book becomes a window through which we who read it will see our own conflicts, our own ongoing struggle to live honestly and ethically in the world. Wayne Booth died in October 2005, soon after completing work on this autobiography.
See Wayne C . Booth , A Rhetoric of Irony ( Chicago : U Chicago P ) 47 - 86 and
Muecke , The Compass 64 - 86 for a detailed discussion of these and other cues .
° Leon Satterfield " Toward a Poetics of the Ironic Sign , " Semiotic Themes , ed .
First published in 1970 and revised in 1982, this work provides a critical overview of the concept of irony in literary criticism.
Author: D C Muecke
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
First published in 1970 and revised in 1982, this work provides a critical overview of the concept of irony in literary criticism. After establishing the relationship of the ironical and the non-ironical, it summarises the history of the concept of irony, before isolating and discussing its basic aspects and the variable features that determine its nature, effect and quality. The book will be a useful resource for those studying irony and English Literature.
Both Muecke and Booth describe irony as a " two - story ” phenomenon . 36
Below ... The reader is invited by the irony to leap to the higher level and share
the perspective of the implied author . With this ... 19 ; Booth , A Rhetoric of Irony ,
13 He adds that verbal irony óraises questions that come under the headings of rhetoric , sylistics , narrative and satiric forms , satiric strategies ' whereas
situational irony , ' while raising fewer formal points , tends to raise historical and
Author: Lilian R. Furst
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press
Category: European fiction
Through an analysis of six major European narratives of the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, this book makes a new approach to romantic irony by envisaging it in a broad European context in relation both to earlier concepts of irony and to traditional uses of irony in narration.
BOOK REVIEWS A RHETORIC OF IRONY . By Wayne C. Booth . Chicago : The
University of Chicago Press , 1974. xiv , 292 pp . $ 12.50 . A Rhetoric of Irony is
an intellectually stimulating exploration of a subject which Wayne C. Booth says ...
It utilises a new way of analysing the text in order to discern the irony and rhetoric in the Fourth Gospel narrative. This new methodology is adapted from George Kennedy's method of rhetorical analysis.
Author: Kevin W. Sarlow
This thesis offers a new analysis of the nature and function of irony in the Fourth Gospel's Passion Narrative (John 18-20). It utilises a new way of analysing the text in order to discern the irony and rhetoric in the Fourth Gospel narrative. This new methodology is adapted from George Kennedy's method of rhetorical analysis. In addition, by revisiting the analytical categories of stable and unstable irony the research demonstrates that, despite the preponderance of stable ironies in the Fourth Gospel, some ironies remain unstable (twice in 18:35b; 19:15; 20:23), and others are temporarily unstable (18:2-11; 19:1-16; 20:8, 24-25, 26-28). The thesis introduces a new category for this temporary ironic instability: 'perplexing irony' and provides some examples of perplexing irony from various sources. -- In this thesis, Ironic Authority, the analysis of irony in the Fourth Gospel passion narrative reveals, highlights and demonstrates Johannine theology. Some of the various aspects of Johannine theology examined in the light of irony include: Christology, intertextuality, a theology of the cross, and a theology of power and authority. These theological aspects are interwoven with irony and reveal new insights for this research. -- It is widely recognised that the evangelist uses a wide variety of different types of irony, that can be specifically identified and categorised. By using an adapted rhetorical analytical methodology, the thesis examines the Gospel's passion narrative and demonstrates the Gospel's prolific use of irony. The abundance of it indicates that Johannine irony is intentional. -- This study identifies a fivefold purpose in the evangelist's use of irony which reveals aspects of his Christology. Irony provides a connection between the evangelist and the reader; helps readers 'believe into Jesus'; awakens the reader to a double layer in the narrative; sometimes connects other Scriptures intertextually; and expresses the Gospel's theology, mystery and revelation. -- This research adds to irony theory and defines irony (and its various categories) in a relatively simple way. It demonstrates the purposes of irony in the Fourth Gospel; how to identify and categorise it; and it argues the case for temporary unstable (perplexing) irony. By extension, irony encourages faith and provides interest in the Gospel, and in addition, perplexing irony offers hope for those who face adversity.--Abstract page vii.
The Rhetoric of Sympathy and Irony Do sympathy and irony invariably coexist as
separate rhetorics in Dickens ' s narrative art or may there be an interplay
between them ? A comparison between the very different functions of sympathy
Author: Harvey Peter Sucksmith
Publisher: Clarendon Press
Based on author's thesis, University of Nottingham.
Booth , Rhetoric of Irony , 23 . 65. What Bloomquist says of rhetoric generally is
true also , in a more complicated way , regarding ironic rhetorical tropes : “ [ R ]
hetoric is about persuasion sometimes , but always about the consent involved in
Author: Carolyn J. Sharp
Publisher: Indiana Studies in Biblical Li
Was God being ironic in commanding Eve not to eat fruit from the tree of wisdom? Carolyn J. Sharp suggests that many stories in the Hebrew Scriptures may be ironically intended. Deftly interweaving literary theory and exegesis, Sharp illumines the power of the unspoken in a wide variety of texts from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Writings. She argues that reading with irony in mind creates a charged and open rhetorical space in the texts that allows character, narration, and authorial voice to develop in unexpected ways. Main themes explored here include the ironizing of foreign rulers, the prostitute as icon of the ironic gaze, indeterminacy and dramatic irony in prophetic performance, and irony in ancient Israel's wisdom traditions. Sharp devotes special attention to how irony destabilizes dominant ways in which the Bible is read today, especially when it touches on questions of conflict, gender, and the Other.
SIZ . Trans . Richard Miller . New York : Hill , 1974 . Behler , Ernst . Irony and the
Discourse of Modernity . Seattle : U of Washington P , 1990 . - " The Theory of
Irony ... A Rhetoric of Irony . Chicago : U of Chicago P , 1974 . Bornstein , George