Studien Zum Komischen Epos

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Cambridge University Press, 18.10.1990 г. - 234 страници
Mock-heroic poetry is one of the most characteristic genres of English neoclassicism in the eighteenth century. It includes not only masterpieces such as Pope’s The Rape of the Lock and The Dunciad but also numerous minor poems. Derived from French models, the mock-heroic became something more than merely a parody of the serious epic: relieved of its gravity, it was nevertheless a legitimate and independent form of epic poetry. This book is the first comprehensive study of the theory, the conventions and the history of the mock-heroic genre. In the first part, Ulrich Broich shows how mock-heroic poetry combines the characteristics of various discourses - epic, comedy, parody, satire and occasional poetry. The ‘polyphonic’ genre which emerges from this analysis stands in ironic contrast to the neoclassical ideal of decorum in a harmonious unity of discourse and form. The second part traces the history of mock-heroic poetry: its foreign sources, its beginnings in England, the ‘rivalry’ with other forms of comic narrative, and its decline in the second half of the eighteenth century.

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Preface page xi
1
The conventions of the mockheroic poem
27
The disguise and suspension of reality
37
Imitation and parody of the epic
50
The mockheroic poem as satire
68
The history of the mockheroic poem
75
Boileaus Le Lutrin and the first phase of the genres
93
Popes The Rape of the Lock
109
The Rape of the Lock and the heroicomical poem second
128
Popes Dunciad
142
The decline and fall of the mockheroic poem third phase
158
Conclusion
177
Select bibliography
216
Index of authors and titles
229
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