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From French intertextualité.


intertextuality (countable and uncountable, plural intertextualities)

  1. The idea that a given text is a response to what has already been written, be it explicit or implicit.
    When one studies the intertextuality of "Hamlet", one realises that William Shakespeare must have read thousands of books.
    • 1988, Linda Hutcheon, A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction, Routledge, →ISBN:
      All of these issues—subjectivity, intertextuality, reference, ideology—underlie the problematized relations between history and fiction in postmodernism.
    • 2017, Aleksander Rzyman, The Intertextuality of Terry Pratchett's Discworld as a Major Challenge for the Translator, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, →ISBN, page 11:
      From the translator's point of view, therefore, both types of intertextuality—or simply all kinds of intertextuality—are important, since the translator, ideally, ought not to deprive the reader of even a smallest chunk of the intertextual load of the original.
  2. The reference to another separate and distinct text within a text.


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