ARCHER TAYLOR MEMORIAL LECTURE 2006: Is the Pope Still Catholic? Historical Observations on Sarcastic Interrogatives

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Description: The designation sarcastic interrogatives achieved-and has retained-some currency among folklorists, as a result, probably, of Jan Brunvand's having adopted it in the second and subsequent editions of his widely-used textbook The Study of American Folklore (1978:54, 61). (Doyle 1977:77) I went on to suggest that, like most proverbs, sarcastic interrogatives have a metaphorical aspect: just as proverbs in general tend to paraphrase one experience or situation in terms of another, "standard," one, implying an equivalency, so a sarcastic interrogative implies that the original question, the stimulus, is equivalent to the interrogative response in the excessive obviousness of its yes or no answer. Frets doubt the maw-crammed beast? What I did not know when I published my 1975 and 1977 discussions is that almost a decade earlier the polymathic Alan Dundes, in an article with the miscellaneous title Some Minor Genres of American Folklore, devoted a paragraph to such expressions, which he designated pointed rhetorical questions (Dundes 1967:29-30).
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