Irony in the Matthean Passion Narrative
Irony (as used here) is a rhetorical and literary device for revealing ',what is hidden behind what is seen.' It thus offers the reader a superior understanding by means of the distinction between reality and its shadow. The book provides a history of different definitions of irony, from Aristophanes to Booth, discusses the constitutive formal elements of irony and the functions of irony, then studies particular aspects of the Matthean Passion Narrative that require the reader to recognize a deeper truth beneath the surface of the narrative.
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