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Wed Jan 28 2004

Books: Discourse Analysis/Ling & Literature: Simpson

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  1. paul, On the Discourse of Satire: Simpson

Message 1: On the Discourse of Satire: Simpson

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 10:06:52 -0500 (EST)
From: paul <>
Subject: On the Discourse of Satire: Simpson

Title: On the Discourse of Satire
Subtitle: Towards a stylistic model of satirical humour
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 2
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins		 
Book URL: 

Author: Paul Simpson, Queen's University Belfast

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114392, Pages: xiv, 242 pp., Price: USD 114.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027233330, Pages: xiv, 242 pp., Price: EUR 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1588114406, Pages: xiv, 242 pp., Price: USD 39.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027233349, Pages: xiv, 242 pp., Price: EUR 33.00


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.

Table of contents

Preface vii 
Acknowledgements xi 
List of figures xiii 
1. Introduction 1 
2. Linguistic approaches to humour 15 
3. Literary-critical approaches to satirical humour 47 
4. Satire as discourse 69 
5. Ways of doing satire 111 
6. Satirical uptake 153 
7. When satire goes wrong 187 
8. Analysing satire as discourse 211 
References 221

Lingfield(s):	Discourse Analysis 
		Ling & Literature 			 

Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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