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    Irony in Action Anthropology, Practice, and the Moral Imagination

    ISBN-10: 0226244229
    ISBN-13: 9780226244228
    Author(s): James W. Fernandez, Mary Taylor Huber
    Description: Irony today extends beyond its classification as a figure of speech and is increasingly recognized as one of the major modes of human experience. This idea of irony as an integral force in social life is at the center of this provocative book. The  More...
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    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 280
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.144
    Language: English

    Irony today extends beyond its classification as a figure of speech and is increasingly recognized as one of the major modes of human experience. This idea of irony as an integral force in social life is at the center of this provocative book. The result of a meeting where anthropologists were invited to explore the politics of irony and the moral responsibilities that accompany its recognition, this book is one of the first to lend an anthropological perspective to this contemporary phenomenon. The first group of essays explores the limits to irony's liberating qualities from the constrained use of irony in congressional hearings to its reactive presence amid widening disparities of wealth despite decades of world development. The second section presents irony's more positive dimensions through an array of examples such as the use of irony by Chinese writers and Irish humorists. Framed by the editors' theoretical introduction to the issues posed by irony and responses to the essays by two literary scholars, Irony in Action is a timely contribution in the contemporary reinvention of anthropology.

    Preface and Acknowledgments
    Introduction: The Anthropology of Irony
    The Constrained Use of Irony in U.S. Congressional Hearings on Immigration
    Irony and Power: Toward a Politics of Mockery in Greece
    The Irony of Complicity and the Complicity of Irony in Development Discourse
    What Makes the Anthropologist Laugh?: The Abelam, Irony, and Me
    Kenneth Burke's "True Irony": One Model for Ethnography, Still
    An Apollonian Response
    Wine in the Writing, Truth in the Rhetoric: Three Levels of Irony in a Chinese Essay Genre
    "Paddy's Pig":Irony and Self-Irony in Irish Culture
    Irony and Paradox in the "Contact Zone": Missionary Discourse in Northern Papua New Guuinea
    The Predicament of Irony and the Paranoid Style in Fin-de-Siegrave;cle Rationality
    Ironic Irony
    The Last Discussant
    Coda: Irony, Practice, and the Moral Imagination
    List of Contributors
    Index

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