Intertextuality Essay example

806 Words 4 Pages
"And no doubt that is what reading is: rewriting the text of the work within the text of our lives."

Roland Barthos

When discussing intertextuality, it could be argued that a text is not only written material such as plays, novel and magazines, but everything; that there is in fact no world outside of textuality. Your very life could be called a text, a story always being written, and every novel that you read, every programme you watch and every conversation that you have is, in Piaget's words, accomodated and assimilated into text of your life. Every novel, however, is not a single paragraph in your life, "I read so-and-so, and it taught me that..."

No, when reading a work certain phrases, word choice and literary devices cause
…show more content…
Douglas Adams, a well known Science Fiction and Fantasy writer and a sardonic veteran of the ironic, skillfully directs the mind of the reader to appreciate, if not fully agree with, his worldview. A cursory examination of a few of the connections that we are asked to make would elucidate both the concept of intertextuality and the position from which Adams is writing.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency falls firmly into the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre. This fact, and having read The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy - A Trilogy in Four Parts before starting with this novel, equipped me with a preconception of Douglas Adams's work. I knew roughly what to expect from an Adams work of fiction. The title of the novel, too, causes more connections to be made, obviously to the genre of the murder mystery, but also to a specific post-modernist theory concerning the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. On the back there is a "blurb" by the author: "A thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic." The reader makes, under the direction of the author, a host of intertextual connections even before opening the book.

"The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher, video recorder...Electric Monks believed things for you...all the things that the world expected you to believe."

Dirk Gently's

Related Documents