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date: 20 September 2019

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This chapter uses the proliferation of parody and pastiche in the period to illustrate how these genres grapple with modernity and ‘with an art which seems to be “peering … into the immediate future”’ (as Max Beerbohm said of Henry James). Williams argues that though parody was largely conservative in the nineteenth century, by the early twentieth century writers such as G. K. Chesterton used satire to critique the new literary culture. The chapter concludes that there is a rich parodic undercurrent coursing through Anglophone modernism: from Pound’s ‘kulchur’, to T. S. Eliot’s petit-bourgeois Prufrock (in conversation with Grossmith’s 1892 The Diary of a Nobody), and Blast’s implicit dialogue with Punch.

Keywords: parody, spoof, satire, pastiche, Punch, Blast, Prufrock, Pooter

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