A parody, in current use, is an imitative work created to mock, comment on or trivialise an original work, its subject, author, style, or some other target, by means of satiric or ironic imitation. As the literary theorist Linda Hutcheon puts it, 'parody is imitation, not always at the expense of the parodied text.' Another critic, Simon Dentith, defines parody as 'any 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, music (although 'parody' in music has an earlier, somewhat different meaning than for other art forms), animation, gaming and film.
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