A Theory of Parody: The Teachings of Twentieth-century Art Forms
In this major study of a flexible and multifaceted mode of expression, Linda Hutcheon looks at works of modern literature, visual art, music, film, theater, and architecture to arrive at a comprehensive assessment of what parody is and what it does.
Hutcheon identifies parody as one of the major forms of modern self-reflexivity, one that marks the intersection of invention and critique and offers an important mode of coming to terms with the texts and discourses of the past. Looking at works as diverse as Tom Stoppard's Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Brian de Palma's Dressed to Kill, Woody Allen's Zelig, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Hymnen, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Magritte's This Is Not a Pipe, Hutcheon discusses the remarkable range of intent in modern parody while distinguishing it from pastiche, burlesque, travesty, and satire. She shows how parody, through ironic playing with multiple conventions, combines creative expression with critical commentary. Its productive-creative approach to tradition results in a modern recoding that establishes difference at the heart of similarity.
In a new introduction, Hutcheon discusses why parody continues to fascinate her and why it is commonly viewed as suspect -- for being either too ideologically shifty or too much of a threat to the ownership of intellectual and creative property.
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Review: A Theory of Parody: The Teachings of Twentieth-Century Art FormsUser Review - Sandi - Goodreads
Though she spends quite a bit of time in her introduction and conclusion justifying her theoretical situation (not formalist, not decon, not reader response, not anything), and ends up with a product ... Read full review
Review: A Theory of Parody: The Teachings of Twentieth-Century Art FormsUser Review - Phillip - Goodreads
This book is more of a formalist work than I'm used to dealing with, but it was very useful in terms of my thinking about parody. The book focuses exclusively on artistic (in the broadest sense ... Read full review