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A Case for Irony in «Beowulf»,

with particular reference to its epithets


Tom Clark

Contents: Irony and the contrastive in Beowulf: Contrastive poetics and the use of irony – Words and deeds – Alpha and Omega – Litotes and the negative in Beowulf – The ironical epithets in Beowulf: A methodology for reading irony in the epithets of Beowulf – Annotated list of the ironic epithets in Beowulf – Approaches to a taxonomy of the ironic epithets in Beowulf.