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Original scientific paper

Types of Intertextuality

Ljljana Ina Gjurgjan ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The essay starts with the contention that there is a fundamental difference between
allusion and intertextuality since allusion refers to authorial reference to some other
text(s) whereas intertextuality addresses the ways in which a text is interwoven
within cultural signifying practices. Moreover, though the study of allusions informs
the reading, it is not as important to the process of sense making or to the ethicity of
reading as is the intertextual dynamics between a text and its intertext/arhitext. The
argument proceeds by differentiating among three types of intertextuality: subversive,
adaptive and transpositional, the first being characteristic of modernism and the
second of postmodernism. Transpositional intertextuality is particularly significant
for postcolonial studies since it addresses the problem of cultural dynamics between
the centre (metropolis) and periphery, which redefines not only periphery but the
center as well.


intertext, allusion, modernism, postmodernism, postcolonial studies

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