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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

''The powerful marvel of irony': Derrida and Structural Irony,' by Maebh Long (Durham University)

23rd February 2011, 16:30 to 18:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Maebh Lond

A staff and postgraduate research seminar.

Maebh Long's thesis entitled A Theory of Irony: Derrida and Parabasis works to formulate a theory of irony based on the parataxis and parabasis that is both performed and described in the works of Jacques Derrida. Irony is read as a non-propositional element of language exploited by writers who recognise the importance of the figurative or non-thetic. This understanding of Derrida's work provides a radical extension of a unique ironic tradition that enables the work to engage in thinkingclosed to traditional thetic approaches. Her thesis reads Derrida in conjunction with Plato, Friedrich Schlegel, Maurice Blanchot and Emmanuel Levinas.

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