A Pragmatic Study of Irony in Samuel Beckett’s Plays

  • Lihua Huang
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 208)


Irony is one of the salient characteristics in Samuel Beckett’s plays. The paper attempts to apply post-Gricean theories of pragmatics to analyze both “echoic mention” and “allusional pretense” ironies in order to reveal the different subjects implied in Beckett’s plays. Through analysis, the paper finds that Beckett always used the ironic techniques to build his own unique narrative mode: making oneself alienate himself/herself from the past memories which are painful and fragmented.


Samuel Beckett dramatic utterances irony echoic mention allusional pretense 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lihua Huang
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  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesNanchang Hangkong UniversityNanchangChina

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