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Published: 10 February 2022

282 Pages

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781949979688

Bookseller Code (06)

Unexpected Pleasures

Parody, Queerness, and Genre in 20th-century British Fiction

Author Lauryl Tucker

Clemson University Press in association with Liverpool University Press

  • Unexpected Pleasures is the first extended treatment of queer parody as distinct from camp style in works ranging across the twentieth century; no other work has explored the relationship between queerness and genre and the parodic structures this relationship can take
  • Entering the debate about the kinds of reading that weak theoretical and post-critical stances make possible, Unexpected Pleasures posits parody as an early form of weak critique that is queerly leveraged against the strong classificatory posture of genre
  • This book's archive is deep and wide: examining literary mainstays alongside less-discussed texts, such as Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm, which has been paid scant critical attention despite being widely loved, and Elizabeth Bowen's equally neglected but fantastically weird story, "Love."
  • Privileging reading pleasure both in its writing and its focus, this book shows that a playful text is best answered by engaging both closely and playfully: the analysis does not transform the critic's delight into the antiseptic blisses of Critical Mastery, but carries forward parody's capacity to tickle