imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialise an original work
A parody also called a spoof, send-up, take-off, or lampoon) is a work created to imitate, make fun of, or comment on an original work—its subject, author, style, or some other target—by means of satiric or ironic imitation.
- It is clear that the world is purely parodic, in other words, that each thing seen is the parody of another, or is the same thing in a deceptive form.
- Everyone is aware that life is parodic and that it lacks an interpretation. Thus lead is the parody of gold. Air is the parody of water. The brain is the parody of the equator. Coitus is the parody of crime.
- Georges Bataille, The Solar Anus (1927)
- Any cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice.
- Simon Dentith, Parody (The New Critical Idiom). Routledge. ISBN 0-415-18221-2. (2000) p.9
- There are no exact guidelines. There are probably no guidelines at all. The only thing I can recommend at this stage is a sense of humor, an ability to see things in their ridiculous and absurd dimensions, to laugh at others and at ourselves, a sense of irony regarding everything that calls out for parody in this world.
- Parody … is imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text.
- Parodies and caricatures are the most penetrating of criticisms.
- Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point, Chapter 28.
- Parody begins with a pee and ends with Why?
- If parody alone can adequately render the reality of our times, only irony offers us the freedom and detachment that are the essential condition of responsible analysis and action.
- Theodore Ziolkowski, in the Foreword of a 1969 edition of The Glass Bead Game (1943) by Hermann Hesse