Homage (arts)

Homage (arts)

Homage ( / h ɒ m ɪ dʒ / gold / ɒ m ɪ dʒ / ) is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by mere declaration Often goal by some more oblique reference, artistic or poetic. The term is often used in the arts for the sake of one another or by allusion or imitation; Often this is pronounced like the French homage ( / oʊ m ɑ ʒ / ). [1]


It was originally a statement of fealty in the feudal system -wearing that one was the dubious – discuss ] man (English: man ) of the feudal lord. [2] The concept then became used figuratively for an acknowledgment of quality or superiority. For example, a man might give homage to a lady, so honouring her beauty and other graces. In German scholarship, followers of a great scholar developed the custom of honoring their mentor by producing papers for a festschrift dedicated to him. [3]

In music homage can take the form of a composition ( Homage to Paderewski ), tribute album ( Homage to Charles Parker ) or a sample . [4] As of 2010 , the digital techniques used to generate many forms of media make it easy to borrow from other works and this remediation may be used in homage to them. [5]

See also

  • hint
  • intertextuality
  • Pastiche


  1. Jump up^ Zimmer, Ben (November 5, 2010). “Homage” . The New York Times . On Language.
  2. Jump up^ “Homage”, Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages , 2 [ wave ]
  3. Jump up^ Robin M. Derricourt, An author’s guide to scholarly publishing
  4. Jump up^ John Shepherd, “Rock Homage” Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World
  5. Jump up^ Richard Grusin, Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory