Title

Pastiche

Document Type

Encyclopedia Entry

Publication Date

8-26-2012

Department

English

Language

English

Publication Title

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

Abstract

Describes a work of art that imitates the style, gestures, or forms of an older work or antique model. As a formal descriptor of literary works, the word pastiche dates back centuries; as an evaluative term, its usage gradually acquired a hint of negative or dismissive connotation. The work implies a lack of originality or coherence, an imitative jumble. It was only in the latter half of the 20th c.---and most esp. in the context of theories of postmod. narrative---that patische acquired its current critical purchase.

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