spoof = 'literary imitation'

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 31 00:26:01 UTC 2014

On Jan 30, 2014, at 6:26 PM, Jeff Prucher wrote:

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>> Subject:      spoof = 'literary imitation'
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>> From a blog, 2011:
>> "According to Russian literary historian D. S. Mirsky, Tolstoy's story 'The
>> Prisoner of the Caucasus' was a kind of spoof on a Byronic poem of the same
>> name, written by Aleksandr Pushkin in 1822."
>> OK, the blogger understands that Pushkin's poem is lushly Romantic and
>> Tolstoy's story, written fifty years later, is sober and realistic.
>> Undoubtedly Tolstoy's choice of title suggests that *his* tale is a kind of
>> contrastive commentary on Pushkin. The plots   are quite similar.
>> But it is neither a parody nor a send-up nor a burlesque nor a counterfeit
>> nor anything else that I associate with a "spoof."
> I believe the word the writer was looking for was "deconstruction."
> Jeff
"Variation on a theme from Byron"?


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