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The Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poem : European Studies in English Literature - Ulrich Broich

The Eighteenth-Century Mock-Heroic Poem

European Studies in English Literature

By: Ulrich Broich, David Henry Wilson (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 26th October 1990
ISBN: 9780521309653
Number Of Pages: 250

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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.

List of abbreviations
The Conventions of the Mock-Heroic Poem
The presentation of contemporary reality
The disguise and suspension of reality
Imitation and parody of the epic
The mock-heroic poem as satire
The History of the Mock-Heroic Poem
Different types of mock-heroic poem and their pre-neoclassical models
Boileau's Le Lutrin and the first phase of the genre's development in England (c. 1681 - c. 1712)
Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1712-14)
The Rape of the Lock and the heroi-comical poem (second phase, c. 1714 - c. 1742)
Pope's Dunciad (1728-43)
The decline and fall of the mock-heroic poem (third phase, c. 1742 - c. 1800)
Index of authors and titles
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521309653
ISBN-10: 0521309654
Series: European Studies in English Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 26th October 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54