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The Game of Irony in Charles Dickens’ Novels

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Author(s): Ioana Boghian

Journal: LiBRI : Linguistic and Literary Broad Research and Innovation
ISSN 2068-0627

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 49;
Date: 2010;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The paper aims at identifying the three types of irony – verbal, dramatic and of situation – in some of Charles Dickens’ novels in order to reveal the author’s contribution to the modern understanding of Victorianism. The ironic discourse will be analyzed so as to show the true underlying meaning of Dickens’texts. It is said that Dickens revealed through irony more than historians could have ever revealed through direct telling, and to show whether this is true or not represents the purpose of the current paper. As far as Victorianism is concerned, the first major paradigms which irony is aimed at are precisely Victorianrespectability, domesticity and stability.
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