Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Hardcover | December 12, 2009

byRitchie Robertson

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This is a study of mock-epic poetry in English, French, and German from the 1720s to the 1840s. While mock-heroic poetry is a parodistic counterpart to serious epic, mock-epic poetry starts by parodying epic but moves on to much wider and richer literary explorations; it relies heavily onintertextual allusion to other works, on narratorial irony, on the sympathetic and sometimes libertine presentation of sexual relatons, and on a range of satirical devices. It includes well-known texts (Pope's Dunciad, Byron's Don Juan, Heine's Atta Troll) and others which are little known(Ratschky's Melchior Striregel, Parny's La Guerre des Dieux). It owes a marked debt to Italian romance epic (especially Ariosto). The study places these texts in the literary context of the decline of serious epic, which helped mock epic to flourish, and of the 'Querelle des Anciens et des Modernes'which questioned the authority of Homer's and Virgil's epics; and it relates their substance to contemporary debates about questions of religion and gender.

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This is a study of mock-epic poetry in English, French, and German from the 1720s to the 1840s. While mock-heroic poetry is a parodistic counterpart to serious epic, mock-epic poetry starts by parodying epic but moves on to much wider and richer literary explorations; it relies heavily onintertextual allusion to other works, on narrato...

Ritchie Robertson was born in Nairn, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh University and Oxford University. He held posts at Lincoln College, Oxford (1979-84) and Downing College, Cambridge (1984-89) before being appointed to his present post as Fellow and Tutor in German at St John's College, Oxford, in 1989. He is co-editor of the year...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Epic: a genre in stasis?2. Elements of mock epic3. Pope's Dunciad and its Successors4. Voltaire's La Pucelle5. The Fairy Way of Writing: Wieland6. Mock Epic Domesticated: Goethe's Herrmann und Dorothea7. Puritans into Revolutionaries: Butler's Hudibras and Ratschky's Melchior Striegel8. Heroes in their Underclothes: Blumauer's travesty of the Aeneid9. Wars in Heaven: Parny's La Guerre des Dieux10. Byron's Don Juan11. The Last Mock Epic? Heine's Atta Troll12. EpilogueSelect Bibliography