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Rethinking intertextuality in CDA

Farrelly, Michael



Intertextuality–instances of texts linking to other texts (explicitly, implicitly, by referring to them or incorporating elements of them)–is a key concept with which CDA accounts for discursive elements in social relations of power and solidarity. However, ‘intertextuality’ has not been widely operationalised to chart existing relations of power and solidarity at the levels of discourse and orders of discourse. This article develops the methodological framework for intertextuality in CDA and makes that framework more congruent with its potential to analyse and critique social relations of power and solidarity through intertextuality than has been the case until now. It introduces three concepts: the inter-text, networks of inter-texts and typicality. It discusses two methodological options for creating a corpus for analysing networks of inter-texts and presents new analytical categories which recognise intertextual reference to whole texts. Crucially, it emphasises absence and ambiguity as key analytical foci for intertextuality.


Farrelly, M. (2020). Rethinking intertextuality in CDA. Critical Discourse Studies, 17(4), 359-376.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 5, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 24, 2019
Publication Date Aug 7, 2020
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Critical Discourse Studies
Print ISSN 1740-5904
Electronic ISSN 1740-5912
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 4
Pages 359-376
Keywords Intertextuality; Discourse; Orders of discourse
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