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The Atmosphere is Badly Wrong: Irony on a Narrative and Discursive Level in Martin Amis' Time's Arrow and The Zone of Interest
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The dissertation aims to investigate and evaluate the use of irony on a narrative and discursive level in Time’s Arrow and The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis.

The narrative analysis is primarily based on the literary modes outlined in Northrop Frye's essay Historical Criticism: Theory of Modes, published in Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays (1973). The discursive analysis is primarily based on Irony’s Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony by Linda Hutcheon (1995), specifically the "The Functions of Irony" in chapter 2.

The purpose of the analysis is to ascertain whether it is possible to unite these two theoretical perspectives on the nature of literary irony and to draw a conclusion on the nature of the irony employed by Amis in the two novels.

Additionally, the dissertation will ascertain whether it is possible to draw any specific conclusion regarding the purpose of the use of irony in the two novels with regards to the affective nature of irony in literary fiction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Martin Amis, Time's Arrow, The Zone of Interest, Nazi, Historical fiction, Irony, Hutcheon, Frye, literary mode
Keyword [sv]
nazister, nazism, nazi, ironi, martin amis, amis
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297970OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297970DiVA: diva2:944179
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Available from: 2016-08-02 Created: 2016-06-29 Last updated: 2016-08-02Bibliographically approved

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