Parody: Ancient, Modern and Post-modern

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In this definitive work, Margaret Rose presents an analysis and history of theories of parody from ancient to contemporary times. Her earlier Parody/Meta-fiction (1979) was influential in broadening awareness of parody as a "double-coded" device that could be used for more than mere ridicule. In the present study she both expands and revises the introductory section of her 1979 text and adds substantial new sections on modern and postmodern theories and uses of parody and pastiche that analyze the work of theorists and writers including Bakhtin and Eco.

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"A very important book. Margaret Rose's work reaches into many of the central issues for the discussion of modern literature and art. This is one of those books which moves beyond the sometimes narrow theoretical debates of the '70s and '80s to become a general text." Malcolm Bradbury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521429245
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Literature, Culture, Theory Series, #5
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Defining Parody from the Ancients Onwards: 1. Ways of defining parody; 2. Distinguishing parody from related forms; Part II. Modern Parody: 3. Modern and late-modern theories and uses of parody; Part III. Post-Modern Parody: 4. Contemporary late-modern and post-modern theories and uses of parody; Part IV. Conclusions: 5. General conclusion; 6. From the ancient to the modern and the post-modern: a summary; Bibliography; Index.

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