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Bibil Identifier bibil:221218
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Beat Your Parodies into Swords, and Your Parodied Books into Spears: A New Paradigm for Parody in the Hebrew Bible
Author Kynes, Will
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 19, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 276-310 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract While previous works on parody in the Hebrew Bible have addressed the literary technique ad hoc in the service of the interpretation of specific texts, this article approaches the topic more broadly, attempting to understand the nature of the technique itself. Drawing on literary criticism, particularly the work of Linda Hutcheon, the commonly accepted definition of parody as a text which "ridicules" its "target" is questioned, and a broader definition of parody as "antithetical allusion," in which the earlier text may act as a "weapon" instead of a "target," and subversion and humor are only secondary features, is presented. This redefinition of the term grounds a new paradigm for parody that divides parody into four types: ridiculing, rejecting, respecting, and reaffirming. This paradigm is then applied to a series of exemplary parodies in the Hebrew Bible (Song 7:1-10, Psalm 29, Jonah, Job 7:17-18, Joel 4:10) that demonstrate the versatility of parody and the necessity of reading parodies in their wider context to determine their meaning.
DOI 10.1163/156851511x576900
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Parody
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets : Jonah
Pericopes Song of Solomon 7,1-7,10
Psalms 29,1-29,8
Job 7,17-7,18
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