Glossary

Term: Pastiche


A pastiche is a work whose style imitates that of another writer or period. Pastiche differs from parody in that it is usually intended as a kind of tribute rather than a satire.

How to use this term

'Don't Ask Me, Love, For That First Love', by Mimi Khalvati, is written "After Faiz", which makes it somewhere between a translation and a pastiche.

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