Irony and Sarcasm by Roger Kreuz audiobook

Irony and Sarcasm

By Roger Kreuz
Read by Joel Richards

Gildan Media

The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200577729

  • ISBN: 9798200577712

  • ISBN: 9798200577736

Runtime: 4.19 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Language Study
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A biography of two troublesome words.

Irony and sarcasm are two of the most misused, misapplied, and misunderstood words in our conversational lexicon. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, psycholinguist Roger Kreuz offers an enlightening and concise overview of the life and times of these two terms, mapping their evolution from Greek philosophy and Roman rhetoric to modern literary criticism to emojis.

Kreuz describes eight different ways that irony has been used through the centuries, proceeding from Socratic to dramatic to cosmic irony. He explains that verbal irony—irony as it is traditionally understood—refers to statements that mean something different (frequently the opposite) of what is literally intended, and defines sarcasm as a type of verbal irony. Kreuz outlines the prerequisites for irony and sarcasm (one of which is a shared frame of reference); clarifies what irony is not (coincidence, paradox, satire) and what it can be (among other things, a socially acceptable way to express hostility); recounts ways that people can signal their ironic intentions; and considers the difficulties of online irony. Finally, he wonders if, because irony refers to so many different phenomena, people may gradually stop using the word, with sarcasm taking over its verbal duties.

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Author Bio: Roger Kreuz

Author Bio: Roger Kreuz

Roger Kreuz is professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. Kreuz received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Toledo and his PhD in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Language Study
Runtime: 4.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English