Postmodernism or Neo-Realism: On Parody in David Lodge’s Campus Novel Small World

Zhao-guo DING

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Parody in Small World, working in both comic and meta-fictional ways, embodies the liberal humanist spirit of traditional realist novel and critical consciousness of the anti-humanist post-theories though it looks like a technique of postmodern novel superficially. Small World, as a work of neo-realism, marks a significant tendency in the development of postwar British novel, both inheriting the great realist tradition of British novel and absorbing some innovative factors of postmodernist fiction. Keywords: Lodge; Small World; parody; realism; postmodernismRésumé: La parodie de Petit Monde, qui fonctionne de deux manière:comique et métafictionnel, incarne l'esprit humaniste libéral de roman réaliste traditionnel et la conscience critique de post-théories anti-humaniste, même si elle ressemble à une technique de roman postmoderne superficiellement. Petit Monde, en tant qu'une œuvre de néo-réalisme, marque une tendance importante dans le développement de roman britannique d'après-guerre, qui hérite à la fois la tradition réaliste du roman britannique et absorbe certains facteurs novateurs de la fiction postmoderniste.Mots-clés: Lodge; Petit Monde; parodie; réalisme; postmdernisme

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.css.1923669720100603.016

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