From the Death of the Author to the Death of Intertextuality: The Birth of Cultural Intertextuality

By Mageb Aladwani Alzahrani.

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This paper considers the development of intertextuality as divided into three stages: pre-intertextuality, intertextuality and post-intertextuality. The first of these is a classical stage that embodies throughout the critical attitude of the author. The second is based on the theories of Bakhtin, Julia Kristeva, Gérard Genette and others, which focus on the roles of the text and the reader. The final stage, post-intertextuality, can also be called cultural intertextuality or contextual intertextuality and is particularly suitable for postcolonial studies, as they focus on the context.
In his study of communication, the Russian linguist and literary theorist Roman Jacobson distinguishes six dimensions of the communication process: context, message, sender, receiver, channel and code. Each of these is associated with a communication function, which are respectively referential (contextual information), aesthetic (auto-reflection), emotive (self-expression), conative (vocative or imperative addressing of receiver), phatic (checking channel working) and metalingual (checking code working). Each of the three stages of intertextuality is related to specific dimensions and the associated functions: pre-intertextuality is related to the sender (emotive) and message (aesthetic), intertextuality to the text (aesthetic) and receiver (conative) and post-intertextuality to the text (aesthetic), receiver (conative) and context (referential).

Keywords: Intertextuality, Cultural Intertextuality, Death of Author

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.189-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 846.484KB).

Dr. Mageb Aladwani Alzahrani

Assistant Professor of Criticism and Theory, Department of Arabic, College of Arts, King Saud University, Riyadh, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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