Parody as Revisionary Critique: Charles Palliser's The Quincunx
Charles Palliser's The Quincunx exemplifies salient features of the postmodernist novel. It mixes earlier styles in hyperbolical pastiche and parody, thereby putting those earlier styles into question, showing them as historically conditioned. The Quincunx especially parodies features of Dickens' novels. It contains many Dickensian themes and narratological devices. Nevertheless, an adept reader can tell that it is a facsimile, not the real thing. A simulacrum, however, has its own virtues and functions.