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Rethinking intertextuality in CDA

Farrelly, Michael



Intertextuality – instances of texts referring to other texts – 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.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Critical Discourse Studies
Print ISSN 1740-5904
Electronic ISSN 1740-5912
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-18
APA6 Citation Farrelly, M. (in press). Rethinking intertextuality in CDA. Critical Discourse Studies, 1-18.
Keywords Intertextuality; Discourse; Orders of discourse
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