LING-784 Seminar: Intertextuality
Spring for 2017-2018
Intertextuality is a notion which has become widely used as a theoretical framework within the field of literary criticism since it was first named as such by Kristeva (1974), drawing on Bakhtin (1965, 1973, see also 1981). Over the past decade or so, linguists have shown an interest in the notion of intertextuality; prior texts are seen to be important to general linguistic theory as well as to an understanding of textual meaning and the discursive construction of identity and ideology. But both the theoretical approaches and the types of texts used in the two fields are so different as to make one believe that any similarity begins and ends with the label ‘intertextuality’.

It is the aim of this course to bridge the chasm between literary approaches and discourse analytic approaches as we attempt to move the notion of ‘intertextuality’ from that of a multidisciplinary nature (i.e., of interest to different disciplines) to that of an interdisciplinary nature (i.e., drawing on and synthesizing the analyses of different disciplines). After becoming familiar with foundational works on intertextuality in both fields, students will collect spoken and/or written texts and use these to ground their emerging understanding of intertextuality.

As we begin to operationalize the notion of intertextuality, we will grapple with a variety of issues due, in part, to disciplinary differences between literary criticism and linguistics. Two of the most critical issues are 1) the definition of ‘text’ and, subsequently, of ‘intertextuality’ and 2) the role of author meaning and intentionality.

Attendance is required; active participation in class discussions
based on required readings and analysis of texts is expected

Collection of appropriate data set for the analysis of intertextuality

One in-class oral presentation, including assignment and discussion of relevant reading(s)

Reading journal (reflections on readings, including discussion of relevance to student’s own data set; responses to other students’ presentations)

Final paper

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: At least one course in discourse analysis or permission of instructor
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