What for are written pastiches? Cover Image

Po co się pisze pastisze?
What for are written pastiches?

Author(s): Piotr Michałowski
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: pastiche; genology; intertextuality

Summary/Abstract: Author tries to explain what are reasons and goals of writing pastiches. He compares theory with his own practice of this form, because moreover writes pastiches himself. First he compares some definitions from English, French, Russian and Polish dictionaries of literary terms and from theoretical treatises (with the theory of parody too). Analysing their similarities and diferences he offers his own definition: pastiche is an interpretation of someone else’s creation, which is made without using metalanguage. Its goals may be serious or amusing: 1) manner of research and interpret of genuine work, 2) manner of proof of mastery of sameone else’s style, 3) to take an advantage of past poetics, 4) to overcome influence of another writer, 5) to reconstruct the genuine work which is not finished by his author or is not complete, 6) to use sameone else’s style for own goal, sometimes contradictory to original work. Except them in this article are presented some strategies to show or conceal the falsification in pastiche. There are strategies of apocryph, of continuation, of hipothesis and of reconstruction. Moreover pastiche can be used as a test of essence of literature.

  • Issue Year: 57/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 11-24
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish