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Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine$
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Ritchie Robertson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571581

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571581.001.0001

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Elements of Mock Epic

Elements of Mock Epic

(p.35) 2 Elements of Mock Epic
Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Ritchie Robertson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relation of mock epic to earlier genres. It discusses Italian romance epic, especially Ariosto's Orlando furioso, showing how it represents sexual relations with more freedom than serious epic; the mock‐heroic tradition, going back to the Batrachomyomachia (once attributed to Homer) and ending with Pope's Rape of the Lock; and the travesty of epic, illustrated by Scarron's and Cotton's travesties of the Aeneid, and Marivaux's travesty of the Iliad. It ends by showing how literary theories that stressed the autonomy of the literary work rejected the intertextuality which is essential to mock epic.

Keywords:   romance epic, mock heroic, travesty, Homer, Virgil, Ariosto, Pope, Scarron, Marivaux

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