Irony and Parody of Romance

James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California

Note 9 to the Introduction of the author's Tennyson's Major Poems, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

Frye, in fact, argues that this "parody of romance" is the central structural principle of irony (p. 223), but it does seem that the generic principle of parody applies equally to all myths; if anything, we meet it most frequently in reference to comedy, not romance.

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