On the Discourse of Satire

On the Discourse of Satire : Towards a stylistic model of satirical humour

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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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  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 152.4 x 222.25 x 19.05mm | 480g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588114392
  • 9781588114396

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. List of figures; 4. 1. Introduction; 5. 2. Linguistic approaches to humour; 6. 3. Literary-critical approaches to satirical humour; 7. 4. Satire as discourse; 8. 5. Ways of doing satire; 9. 6. Satirical uptake; 10. 7. When satire goes wrong; 11. 8. Analysing satire as discourse; 12. References
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