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date: 16 September 2019

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This chapter takes the trials of William Hone in 1817 as a useful late-period vantage point from which to look back across a century and more of parodic practice and play, and also as a prism through which to address and properly historicize some of the key theoretical questions that pertain to eighteenth-century parody. Its first section considers how the period understood the imperatives of parody and so, perforce, parody’s relationship to satire. Its second section then broaches the matter of the class politics of parodic practice and suggests the extent to which parody was—and is still—inextricably tied to questions of cultural capital and proprietorship.

Keywords: parody, satire, imitation, William Hone, libel, blasphemy, trials, cultural politics, cultural capital, class

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