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Pride and Pastiche: Humor and Intertextual Parody in Bridget Jones’s Diary

Title
Pride and Pastiche: Humor and Intertextual Parody in Bridget Jones’s Diary
Author
Eckert, Kenneth David
Keywords
Bridget Jones`s Diary; Pride and Prejudice; parody; post- modern British fiction; Chick Lit
Issue Date
2017-07
Publisher
한국영어영문학회
Citation
영어영문학, v. 63, No. 2, Page. 263-279
Abstract
Criticism of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary (1996) has generally been limited to interrogating its literary value as ‘Chick Lit,’ feminist analysis, and noting its complex intertextual mesh of allusions to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and movie/TV versions of both novels. Less attention has been paid to why or how P&P functions as a parodic text informing BJD. This paper argues through a close reading that Fielding uses the language registers, behavioral codes, and wider romance tropes and canonical scenes of P&P to serve as a humorous contrast against Bridget. Bridget is funny because she aspires to this fantasy romantic ideal of poise, control, and prestige which is comically denied to her or deflated. Fielding’s parodic technique is neither critical to P&P nor to Bridget but is rather sympathetically playful, so that Bridget earns the reader’s sympathy and identification.
URI
http://kiss.kstudy.com/thesis/thesis-view.asp?key=3524263http://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/103499
ISSN
1016-2283
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COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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