On the Discourse of Satire

Towards a stylistic model of satirical humour

Paul Simpson | Queen's University Belfast
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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.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 2] 2003.  xiv, 242 pp.
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“I find the book to be a significant contribution to the study of British 20th century satire. It is full of interesting insights on the satirical works of Private Eye magazine and other uniquely British characters and events. The chapter on the legal repercussions of satire is a must-read.”
“This excellent book offers new insights on satire based on a thorough overview of the extant work on humor and satire. Moreover, it provides a credible theoretical model of satire based on contemporary theories of pragmatics and discourse analysis. This book belongs in the personal library of linguists and literary critics.”
“Simpson's On the Discourse of Satire presents an in depth treatment of satire as a special case not only of humor in general but of humor as discourse specifically. He accomplishes this with the aid of satirical examples throughout the text. This text should prove valuable to the specialist.”
“This is an excellent book. As always, Paul Simpson writes clearly and humorously, using interesting and enlightening examples while at the same time giving the reader new insights and perspectives in an already much studied area. I would recommend anyone who has an interest in satire, be they linguist or literary critic, seasoned academic or beginning student, to read this book ­they will find it a rewarding experience.”

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003055682