By Claire Colebrook

© 2003 – Routledge

208 pages

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pub: 2003-09-18
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About the Book

In this handy volume, Claire Colebrook offers an overview of the history and structure of irony, from Socrates to the present.

Students will welcome this clear, concise guide, which:

*traces the use of the concept through history, from Greek times to the Romantic period and on to the postmodern era

*looks closely at the work of Socrates and the more contemporary theorists Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze

*explores the philosophical, literary and political dimensions of irony

*applies theories of irony to literary texts

Making even the most difficult debates accessible and clear, this is the ideal student introduction to the many theories of irony.

About the Author

Claire Colebrook teaches English at the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include Gilles Deleuze, in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series and Irony in the Work of Philosophy.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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