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Title: On the Discourse of Satire
Subtitle: Towards a stylistic model of satirical humour
Written By: Paul Simpson
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 2

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

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Ling & Literature
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114392
ISBN-13: 9781588114396
Pages: xiv, 242 pp.
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