Parody and Ideology

  • Helene Carol Weldt-BassonEmail author
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


This chapter offers an overview of the concepts of ideology, parody, and postmodernism, engaging with the theories of important critics in these areas. The chapter delves into two major issues regarding the relationship between parody and ideology. First, it examines whether postmodern parody is a mere deconstruction of previous ideologies, or whether, in its process of deconstruction, a new ideology created. It also examines how postmodern parody resolves the conflict between its insistence on epistemological relativism and the enthronement of its own new ideological discourse. Second, the chapter considers whether postmodern parody is guilty of a deconstruction totally divorced from the world outside the text, or whether postmodern parody in fact possesses an ethico-political dimension that engages morally with reality outside itself.

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  1. 1.University of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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