Welcome to our tutorial!Intertextuality is the shaping of texts meanings byother texts. It can refer to an author’s borrowing andtransformation of a prior text or to a reader’sreferencing of one text in reading another.
Where can we find it?Intertextuality can be signified in the form ofconversations, thoughts, architecture, soundsand physical activity.
How intertextuality is different to contextWhen considering intertextality it is easy to getconfused with context. When texts are making asocial comment or referring to an issue, they arenot making intertextual references, they aremaking referrences to what is or was happeningin the world at the time in which is it made.
In songs…Taylor Swift’s song “Love Story” makesintertextual references to Romeo and Juliet andThe Scarlet Letter;“Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letterAnd my daddy said stay away from Juliet”
Intertextuality in the texts we have studied…Most of the texts we have studied have someform of intertextuality in them. On your handout there are a few examples just to give you anidea if how easy intertextuality is.
Pan’s LabyrinthPan’s Labyrinth is filled with intertextuality.From references to Alice in Wonderland to GreekMythology.
-Alice in Wonderland-Greek Mythology/Narnia-Saturn Devouring His Son
Little Red Riding Hood“Little girls, this seems to say,Never stop upon your way,Never trust a stranger-friend; No one knows how it will end. As you’repretty so be wise; Wolves may lurk in every guise.Handsome they may be, and kind, Gay, or charming-nevermind!Now, as then, ‘tis simple truth-Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth!”Charles Perrault’s tale Le petit chaperon rouge, is the earliest knownprinted version of Little Red Riding Hood is a morality tale that cautionsa little girl to be obedient.
The Wizard of OzIn both these fantasy adventures we canrecognize fairies, ruby slippers and woodsman.In picking up on these one can see bothDorothy’s and Ofelia’s quest to findindependence and the empowerment ofimagination.
Cinderella Ate My DaughterThere are many references to Toddlers & Tiarasthat would be hard to understand if you had noprior knowledge of these toddler beautycontests. Much the same with references toDisney, and the storylines of Cinderella and LittleMermaid.
But how can I talk about intertextuality in an exam?
In an exam make sure you give a detaileddescription of the intertextualreference, but more importantly makesure you talk about how this referencehelps you to make meaning.
Summing it all up.• Intertextuality is when you are able to make recognize references between texts are therefore able to understand a deeper meaning of the idea being raised.• Intertextuality can be found in a number of forms.• While an exam question may not specifically say “intertextuality” when is says something along the line of “how is your reading of a particular text shaped by textual links” you know its talking about the “I” word.