A parody, also called spoof or lampoon, in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialize an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric, ironic or comical imitation.
Parody is not always at the expense of the parodied text. It is a cultural practice which provides a relatively polemical allusive imitation of another cultural production or practice.
Parody may be found in art or culture, including literature and music. Although in music, it has an earlier, somewhat different meaning than other art forms like animation, gaming and film.
Parody seems to flourish on territory somewhere between a composition in another artist’s manner, without satirical intent and burlesque that fools around with the material of high literature and adapts it to low ends.
Historically, when a formula grows tired, it retains value only as a parody. A general definition…
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