Tuesday, 1 February 2011

RESEARCH: Interests of mine involving Intertextuality

intertextuality, a term coined to designate the various relationships that a given text may have with other texts. These intertextual relationships include anagram, allusion, adaptation, translation, parody, pastiche, imitation, and other kinds of transformation. In the literary theories of structuralism and post‐structuralism, texts are seen to refer to other texts (or to themselves as texts) rather than to an external reality. The term intertext has been used variously for a text drawing on other texts, for a text thus drawn upon, and for the relationship between both.

Intertextuality in film enables work on many different levels within film and its generational culture, It is a  characteristic element in the aesthetics of both mainstream cinema and art film. This is in many ways relevant in films by Alfred Hitchcock, this is due to the fact that many of the films are landmarks in the modern film history,  and this is an constitute of a popular frame of reference that not only hard core film buffs are able to recognise. This is at least one of many of the explanations of why Hitchcock’s body of work has had such a great influence on both the American and the European film, mainstream as well as art film.


Quentin Tarantino movies usually have a lot of intertextuality. In this, you can see how he is clearly influenced by old spaghetti westerns and kung fu movies. He doesn't spoof them but instead re-establishes them with a twist dedicated for the modern era.

Also spoofs such as Airplane, Scary Movie, etc. are intertextual in that they would not exist without other movies created before them.

Involving Intertextuality i'm very much interested as much as i admire just how the past, has formatted the features of the present/future of Thrillers. These past formats have made an substancial mark in the film industry for various reasons. However, they have been spun and upgraded to the satisfaction of film makers.

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