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The Big Book of Irony by Jon Winokur
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The Big Book of Irony

by Jon Winokur

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A helpful and funny guide to irony for the popular masses. Winokur is an excellent researcher and archivalist. I found that I had a very enjoyable time reading through the snippets of the history of irony. For what it is, this book is great. However, more serious ironists should check out Linda Hutcheon, Claire Colebrook, let alone the master in Soren Kierekgaard's doctoral dissertation itself. ( )
  ericaustinlee | Mar 31, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312354835, Hardcover)

Jon Winokur defines and classifies irony and contrasts it with coincidence and cynicism, and other oft-confused concepts that many think are ironic.
 
He looks at the different forms irony can take, from an irony deficiency to visual irony to an understatement, using photographs and relate-able examples from pop culture.
 
* "Irony in Action" looks at irony in language, both verbal and visual, while "Bastions of Irony" and "Masters of Irony" look at institutions and individuals steeped in irony, though not always intentionally. 
 
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* The Annals of Irony looks at irony, and its lack thereof, throughout history.
 
A delight for anyone with a smart, dark sense of humor.

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