The Genius of Parody aims to question the still-pervasive characterization of parody as an invariably 'base' authorial strategy. Traditionally, little attention was paid to parody as a literary mode at work within even the least significant or valued traditions of English poetry, drama and prose fiction. Even less toleration was extended to recognition of parody within the writing of so-called 'original' or truly 'creative' authors. By focusing on a particular dynamic of text-specific dialogue that emerged among authors following the Restoration, this exciting new study redresses the balance, revealing the extent to which parody played a significant and very often determining role in some of the most traditionally canonical authors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Palgrave Macmillan; February 2007
- ISBN: 9780230286511
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- Title: The Genius of Parody
- Author: Mack, Robert L., Dr
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
In The Press
'Robert L. Mack's The Genius of Parody makes an exciting contribution to the literary history of the Early Modern period and the eighteenth century. Mack provocatively asserts the centrality of parody in the writing of the period, and traces its operations in literature both familiar and unfamiliar. This is a stimulating, wide-ranging and ambitious book, written in a thoroughly engaging way that manages to combine an impressive range of scholarship with a lively manner of writing.' - Professor Simon Dentith, University of Gloucestershire, UK
About The Author
ROBERT L. MACK is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of Thomas Gray: A Life, published in 2000.