An interesting paper at the recent IGEL 2016 conference was by Stephen Briner about detecting and reasoning about parody texts. The question is how easy it is to discern parody in the absence of a referent text or absence of knowledge of the genre. To me this seemed much harder to get at, because parodies are often idiosyncratic. So first need to ask whether there is a general theory of parody. Does parody always involve taking a text and changing the subject matter to be more trivial? I can think of no parodies of fiction in West Africa. Maybe Yambo Ouologuem parodying European literature and colonial writing. And maybe also he is parodying Senghor and Achebe? Who will be Mabanckou’s first parodist! That would be fun to write. Interestingly, I could find nothing scholarly on parody in African literature more generally. But maybe not so odd, it seems not to be a big area of research generally. Here though is a very recent dissertation from Przemysław Uściński on The Creative Role of Parody in Eighteenth-Century English Literature (Alexander Pope, John Gay, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne). I just skimmed it, very nicely done.
Blogs I Follow
- I guess Trump team is consistent about one thing: They really would rather have coal than advanced 21st century batteries
- Great trenchant essay on reading from Hisham Matar
- Can students record me in class?
- Awe-inspiring study from Ancestry.com
- Leading a non-profit that supports village libraries is a lot of work!
- Great article about one of the FAVL donors who helped make a library happen in Burkina Faso
- AYA Afrika Foundation helps continue after school reading program in libraries in Ghana
- New motor bike for FAVL/CESRUD Ghana
- Visite guidée à la bibliothèque communautaire de Dablo
- Les usagers illettrés à la Bibliothèque de Dimikuy
- La mairie de Pensa prend ses responsabilités
- What is going on in FAVL Burkina Faso?
- Les bibliothécaires en séance pratique d'origami
- Le coordonnateur national à la rencontre du staff régional
- FAVL/CESRUD Ghana libraries expand their reach to surrounding schools
- Rapport du mois de janvier et février 2017 de la bibliothèque de Sebba
- Rapports des activités du mois de Janvier et Février 2017 de la bibliothèque de Bougounam
- Visite d'un ancien lecteur au bureau de FAVL Ouaga
- Rencontre FAVL et les autorités de Sabcé
- Encadrement du bibliothécaire de Pissila