Volume 57, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0035-3906
  • E-ISSN: 1600-0811
Buy:$35.00 + Taxes



In the novel by José María Merino, the reader learns about the life experiences of Daniel and Tere. This paper analyzes three stages in their lives: the camping trip, the period before the birth of their son Silvio and the consequences of his medical condition on his parents. These critical moments have been seen from the ironic perspectives of classical and contemporary philosophers: Socrates, Cicero, Kierkegaard, Muecke, Glicksberg and Robbe-Grillet, among others. The concept vs , dissimulation, humor and incoherence are the theoretical tools that permitted this study to bridge the gap between the literary text and the philosophical approaches to irony.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


  1. Ballart, P.
    (1994): Eironeia, La figuración irónica en el discurso literario moderno. Quaderns Crema. Barcelona.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Booth, W. C.
    (1974): A Rhetoric of Irony. University of Chicago Press. Chicago.
    [Google Scholar]
  3. Cicerón, M. T.
    (1991): El orador. Fondo de Cultura Económica. México.
    [Google Scholar]
  4. Frye, N.
    (1968): Anatomy of Criticism, Four Essays. Atheneum. New York.
    [Google Scholar]
  5. Glicksberg, Ch. I.
    (1969): The ironic vision in modern literature. Martinus Nijhoff. The Hague. 10.1007/978‑94‑015‑0977‑0
    https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-0977-0 [Google Scholar]
  6. Hutcheon, L.
    (1992): Ironía, sátira, parodia. Una aproximación pragmática a la ironíaenDe la Ironía a lo grotesco. Universidad Metropolitana Iztapalapa. Mexico.
    [Google Scholar]
  7. Kierkegaard, S.
    (1968): The concept of Irony, with Constant Reference to Socrates. Indiana University Press. Bloomington.
    [Google Scholar]
  8. Merino, J. M.
    (2015): El río del Edén. Debolsillo. Barcelona.
    [Google Scholar]
  9. Montaigne, M.
    (2013): Ensayos completos. Cátedra. Barcelona.
    [Google Scholar]
  10. Muecke, D. C.
    (1982): Irony and the ironic. Methuen. London.
    [Google Scholar]
  11. Platón
    Platón (1998): Diálogos. Porrúa. México.
    [Google Scholar]
  12. Quintiliano
    Quintiliano (1916): Instituciones oratorias. Libro octavo, Cap. VI, De los tropos. Biblioteca Clásica. Madrid.
    [Google Scholar]
  13. Quintiliano
    Quintiliano (1916): Instituciones oratorias. Libro noveno, Cap. I, De las figuras. Biblioteca Clásica. Madrid.
    [Google Scholar]
  14. Robbe-Grillet, A.
    (1965): Samuel Beckett, or “Presence” in the Theater. Samuel Beckett, A collection of critical essays. Prentice Hall. New Jersey.
    [Google Scholar]
  15. Schlegel, F.
    (1991): Philosophical fragments. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis.
    [Google Scholar]
  16. Thirlwall, C.
    (1833): On the Irony of Sophocles in The Philological Museum , Volume21, University of Cambridge Press, Cambridge.
    [Google Scholar]
  17. Vellacott, Ph.
    (1975): Ironic drama. Cambridge University Press. London.
    [Google Scholar]
  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): irony; José María Merino; Kierkegaard; Socrates; Spanish novel
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was successful
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error