Verbal Humour as An Anti-Feminist Vehicle in Shaw's Heartbreak House : A Pragma-Stylistic-Study

Abstract

The study of verbal humour has generated a multitude of research that yielded numerous and various theories that endeavour to analyze and interpret its mechanisms and structures. Raskin and Attardo contribute insightful and relatively exhaustive models of analysis in the form of the General Theory of Verbal Humour (GTVH) which Attardo later supplemented with the Humorous Texts Theory. The present study is an attempt to explore the satiric role of verbal humour and analyzethe humorous instances,their structures, as well as thematic roles. It implements the Humorous Texts Theory, namely the General Theory of Verbal Humour Model (GTVH), to George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and investigates verbal humour as an Anti-feminist vehicle in it. Besides, this study highlights the pragmatic and sociopsychological functions performed by humour in fictional/dramatic contexts.