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Many parodies operate through temporal strategies that distort the narrative proportions of their targets. This essay discusses two texts that manipulate time for parodic purposes: the contemporary animated sitcom Bojack Horseman and the twelfth-century romance Ipomedon. Their shared method involves the absurd prolongation of narrative structures of resolution and satisfaction in order to reveal these structures’ arbitrary nature. But this method, in turn, shows that resolution — a retrospective determination of shape and meaning — can never be avoided entirely, even if it can be deferred.
Keywords: time; closure; conclusion; narrative; structure; form; parody; serial; television; medieval; music
Title
Resolution
Author(s)
Daniel Reeve
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Many parodies operate through temporal strategies that distort the narrative proportions of their targets. This essay discusses two texts that manipulate time for parodic purposes: the contemporary animated sitcom Bojack Horseman and the twelfth-century romance Ipomedon. Their shared method involves the absurd prolongation of narrative structures of resolution and satisfaction in order to reveal these structures’ arbitrary nature. But this method, in turn, shows that resolution — a retrospective determination of shape and meaning — can never be avoided entirely, even if it can be deferred.
Is Part Of
Re-
Place
Berlin
Publisher
ICI Berlin Press
Date
2019
Subject
time
closure
conclusion
narrative
structure
form
parody
serial
television
medieval
music
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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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Language
en-GB
short title
Resolution
page start
133
page end
139
Source
Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 133–39
Bibliographic Citation
Daniel Reeve, ‘Resolution’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 133–39 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_17>
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References

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  • Fink, Robert, Repeating Ourselves: American Minimal Music as Cultural Practice (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005)
  • Mertens, Wim, American Minimal Music, trans. by J. Hautekiet (New York: Broude, 1983)
  • Reeve, Daniel, ‘Queer Arts of Failure in Hue of Rotelande and Alan of Lille’, in Medieval Thought Experiments: Poetry, Hypothesis, and Experience in the European Middle Ages, ed. by Philip Knox, Jonathan Morton, and Daniel Reeve (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), pp. 273–96
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, MS Mus. ms. autogr. Bach P200/1, fascicle 3, p. 39, <https://www.bach-digital.de/rsc/viewer/BachDigitalSource_derivate_00062812/db_bachp0200-1_page039.jpg> [accessed 8 December 2018]
  • Full House, created by Jeff Franklin (ABC, 1987–1995)
  • Seinfeld, created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld (NBC, 1989–1998)
  • The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening (Fox Broadcasting, 1989– )
  • The Simpsons, ‘Bart vs. Australia’, season 6, episode 16, dir. by Wes Archer (original air date: 19 February 1995)
  • Bojack Horseman, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Netflix, 2014– )
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Cite as: Daniel Reeve, ‘Resolution’, in Re-: An Errant Glossary, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey and Arnd Wedemeyer, Cultural Inquiry, 15 (Berlin: ICI Berlin Press, 2019), pp. 133–39 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-15_17>