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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
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 attacked by present authors and polices the appropriate boundaries of a form. Parody, he suggests, should be defined broadly, shading imperceptibly into burlesque, satire, etc.; parody is not always critical, and paradoxically it tends to preserve that which it attacks, so a parody of melodrama is often melodramatic. Actually his argument reminded me a lot of some critical theories of fanfic: can be but need not be transgressive; must be understood in social context; etc.
Review: Parody (New Critical Idiom )User Review - Goodreads
I love parody so much. A recent parody I've come across combines the form with poetry. Check out These Times! A Parody in Song form...also The Vampire Handbook, the former making fun of celebrities ...