Irony in Action Anthropology, Practice, and the Moral Imagination

ISBN-10: 0226244237

ISBN-13: 9780226244235

Edition: 2001

Authors: James W. Fernandez, Mary Taylor Huber

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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.
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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836

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
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