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Parodies (Literature)


  • Mocking imitations of a particular style, genre, or work.

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    • Parodies (Literature)
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    • Spoofs
    • Travesties (Parodies)
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    • found: Baldick, C. The Oxford dictionary of literary terms, 2008(parody: A mocking imitation of the style of a literary work or works, ridiculing the stylistic habits of an author or school by exaggerated mimicry. Parody is related to burlesque in its application of serious styles to ridiculous subjects, to satire in its punishment of eccentricities, and even to criticism in its analysis of style. Adjective: parodic; travesty: A mockingly undignified or trivializing treatment of a dignified subject, usually as a kind of parody. Travesty may be distinguished from the mock epic and other kinds of burlesque in that it treats a solemn subject frivolously, while they treat frivolous subjects with mock solemnity. Cervantes's Don Quixote (1605) is a travesty of chivalric romances, and James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) is partly a travesty of Homer's Odyssey.)
    • found: Quinn, E. A dictionary of literary and thematic terms, c1999(parody. Imitation of a particular style or genre for the purposes of satirizing it. The object of satire may be an author with a distinctive style, such as Ernest Hemingway, or a formulaic structure, such as soap opera.)
    • found: Cuddon, J.A. A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998(parody. The imitative use of the words, style, attitude, tone and ideas of an author in such a way as to make them ridiculous. This is usually achieved by exaggerating certain traits, using more or less the same technique as the cartoon caricaturist. In fact, a kind of satirical mimicry. As a branch of satire its purpose may be corrective as well as derisive. See Burlesque; Lampoon; Mock-epic; Mock-heroic; Skit)
    • found: Genre terms : a thesaurus for use in rare book and special collections cataloging, via WWW, July 17, 2014(Parodies. Use for humorous, sometimes satiric, imitations of other works)
    • found: Merriam-Webster's encyclopedia of literature, c1995(parody: a literary work in which the style of an author is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule)
    • found: Austin, A.J. Confessions of a heroine addict : women's parodic romance, 1750-1820, 2000.
    • found: Lee, S. A discussion of the parodic ci poetry of Xin Qiji, 2008.
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    • Mocking imitations of a particular style, genre, or work.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-15: revised
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