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1st Edition

By Professor Simon Dentith


224 pages

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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.


'Simon Dentith provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking analysis of the concept of parody … a very readable book.' - Language and Literature

About the Author

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). _

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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