Comparative Literature | Parody and the Novel
C611 | 1246 | Zarifopol-Johnston

2:30-5:30      BH 908

This class is a topic colloquium. The focus of the course will be on
the relationship between parody and the novel conceived in Bakhtinian
terms as an all inclusive genre that"parodies itself as well as other
genres." Bakhtin's The Dialogic Imagination will be one of the main
theoretical texts used in this course, but we will also read Linda
Hutcheon's Theory of Parody, Genette's Palimpsestes, and Harold
Bloom's Anxiety of Influence, among others. Starting with traditional
definitions of parody as a literary genre, this course emphasizes the
important role played by parody in the history of the novel: we will
be reading, for example, some of the great founding works, Gargantua
and Pantagruel, Don Quijote, Tristam Shandy, parodies that have become
classics of the novelistic genre. Parody illustrates the dialectics of
intertextuality which characterize the novel as a genre. We will be
studying the parodic aspect of 19th century romantic and realistic
fiction in novels by Hugo, Dickens and Zola, and we will end the
course with a look at a few 20th century novels, works by Queneau,
Nabokov, and Calvino. This course may be taken as a pro-seminar.