Thursday, July 8, 2021

Intertextuality Explained (short definition)

Intertextuality is a key concept in structural and post-structural discourse. The term, associated with Julia Kristeva and Roland Barthes, describes the text as a network of signs referring to practices that produce meanings. Intertextuality means that the text does not exist as a singular, organic and autonomous system, but maintains an overt or encapsulated affinity with external ideological and socio-historical systems laden with codes and voices, the traces of which are revealed in the new text.

In terms of intertextuality, several basic assumptions are folded:

·       Signs are related to other signs more than they are related to things in reality. Thus, the term indicates Practice notation (Signification) and in meaning (Meaning).

·       Texts are related to other texts. Man does not imitate reality but previous texts that have already shaped the world for him. It can be said that man operates in an environment of constant textuality.

·       It means a dynamic process of production and play between elements, rather than a finished and closed unitary product. In this dynamic process, the reader is given special importance as the "creator of the text".