To reflect on parody from the perspective of our working definition of narrative does not mean to focus merely on a special case of literature. I am inclined to agree with the Russian Formalist view that all literature is parodic in the broadest sense of the term. But even if we look at parody in the more restricted sense of narrative parody as a deliberate distortion of previous texts, our focus will alert us to or at least consolidate our understanding of fundamental aspects of all narrative.