Parody

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Parody is part of all our lives. It occurs not only in literature, but also in everyday speech, in theatre and television, architecture and films. Drawing on examples from Aristophanes to The Simpsons, Simon Dentith explores:
* the place of parody in the history of literature
* parody as a subversive or conservative mode of writing
* parody's pivotal role in debates about postmodernism
* parody in the culture wars from ancient times to the present
This lively introduction situates parody at the heart of literary and cultural studies and offers a remarkably clear guide to this sometimes complex topic. Parody will serve as an essential resource, to be read and re-read by students of all levels.
 

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Review of Western literature and poetry, arguing that parody can be seen as central to the history of the novel and indeed all dominant forms, because parody both identifies the prior genres to be ... Read full review

Contents

Parody in the ancient and medieval worlds
39
Parody in the novel
55
Parody and poetry
96
The beauties of burlesque
123
Is nothing sacred? Parody and the postmodern
154
Conclusion
186
BIBLIocRAPHY
201
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About the author (2000)

Simon Dentith is Reader in English at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, UK. His publications include Bakhtinian Thought: An Introductory Reader (Routledge 1995). _

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