Pastiche is blank parody, the ambiguous citation of an historical style without specificity - therefore different from parody which seeks to make a critical point through satire.

'The term originates from the French pastiche and also from the Italian pasticcio, and it usually denotes a work – literary, visual, or musical – which imitates a distinct style, replicates the content of another work, or otherwise consists of a medley of some other works of art or parts thereof. It is often used in a pejorative sense, indicating a lack of imagination or creativity. For this reason, as well as for its common lack of critical and cognitive significance, a pastiche fails to be a genuine hybrid art form. Still, pastiche has some obvious value for decorative arts, and it has often been used effectively in parody. It is also quite common in new media art. Postmodern thought, itself an occasional pastiche , has sought to rehabilitate the idea of pastiche as some sort of playful practice of 'double-coding', hence meaningful and creative after all, especially in architecture. However, it is not clear at all whether pastiche rises to the level of artistic self-reference.'

Pastiche. (2010). In E. Guter, Aesthetics A-Z. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press. Retrieved from

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