Pastiche is a knowing imitation:
1. a. A novel, poem, painting, etc., incorporating several different styles, or made up of parts drawn from a variety of sources.
Eiji's fantasies are..pastiches of Japanese pop culture:..gangster movies, Sega video games and manga (comic books)2002
b. A musical composition incorporating different styles; a medley.
- Set to a musical pastiche by Paul Sullivan (including rock, Japanese flute and the ‘Lone Ranger’ theme), the work suffered from Keystone Kops-like silliness. 2003
2. a. A work, esp. of literature, created in the style of someone or something else; a work that humorously exaggerates or parodies a particular style.
- In "Holy Disorders" there is a marvellous pastiche of a ghost story by M. R. James. 1990
- Mr. Burne-Jones is not accused..of plagiarism, but of pastiche, which is a very different thing 1892
- London-based artist Gavin Turk uses pastiche to make visual points by recycling a variety of pop icons 2000.
Pastiche in its sense of "incorporating distinctive elements of other works or styles into a design" (many-in-one) made an appearance in a recent Time Magazine review of the film “Shreck the Third":
The definition of pastiche to which we are giving primary focus in this posting — "incorporating distinctive elements of other works or styles into a design"—applies in the context of the Shrek review in this sense: "Shrek the Third"'s (first-time) director, Chris Miller, is borrowing on the distinctive Shrek stylistic elements that were created for the first two Shrek films made by other film artists.
"Shrek the Third" was one of three films reviewed by Time. Each review comprised a single paragraph and was given its own headline—a single evaluative word beginning with the syllable un-. The full set of the three reviews were headed with this announcement to film fans:
Cheat Sheet. What you should see, what you should skip—and what you won't be able to avoid
How was each film rated? Read on:
- “Letters from Iwo Jima” won an UNMISSABLE.
- “The Wendell Baker Story” suffered an UNNECESSARY.
- And "Shreck the Third,” on its artistic merit, received a pass but, on its boxoffice potential, picked up an UNAVOIDABLE.
in its sense of
"many-in-one" has become
the name of a game invented by
Kate Wilhelm, the goal of which is "to create
legal sentences using words drawn from a pile."
And his very weblog, I am sure you have already realized, comprises a pastiche of the "many-in-one" sort. It is a gathering of direct citations from a variety of word-books, dictionaries, and web sites; precis of lengthy passages; glosses of various kinds, primarily of a word's meaning and standard usage; and illustrative images of drawings, paintings, advertisements, and photographs—in short, a compatchment of many forms in the service of one word.