Northanger Abbey and the Limits of Parody. Tara Ghosahal Wallace. Northanger Abbey = Gothic Parody both mocks and uses the forms and conventions of the Gothic novel.
Tara Ghosahal Wallace
- Tilney mocks Bath conventions, he does so by adding new intonations a “set smile”, an “affectedly” soft voice, he assumes surprise at an unsurprising remark etc.
Parody – Better than romance because it exposes the excesses of Romance
Realistic novel – Better than both because it is a synthesis coming out of the struggle between the two, but also because it takes for its material the events and attitudes of common life, deals with human nature and probabilities
Superiority of the prosaic asserted in the aggressive re-entry of parodic narrator who has Catherine’s shameful return met with a happy family