Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsJuvan, Marko
Series EditorTötösy de Zepetnek, Steven
TranslatorPogačar, Timothy
Book TitleHistory and Poetics of Intertextuality
Series TitleComparative Cultural Studies
PublisherPurdue University Press
CityWest Lafayette, Indiana

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NEW FROM “COMPARATIVE CULTURAL STUDIES” (Steven Tötösy de Zeptenek, series editor), Purdue University Press

Marko Juvan: History and Poetics of Intertextuality.
Trans. Timothy Pogačar. West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press,
2008. 216 pp. (Comparative Cultural Studies)

In his book History and Poetics of Intertextuality Marko Juvan argues that intertextuality is constitutive of all textuality and that it may be foregrounded in literary works, genres, or styles such as parody. Juvan surveys the field in order to ground the poetics of intertextuality in the history of its idea and presents its development as general intertextuality (from Kristeva to New Historicism) and citationality (from Genette’s late structuralism to the present text theory). He also discusses the concept’s precursors since Antiquity (imitatio, influence, etc.). In modern times the concept emerged in the 1960s from a radical theory of writing. Based in Derrida’s deconstruction, the notion and practice of intertextuality implied a relational and transformative character of identity, meaning, subject, text, and socio-historical reality. In consequence, the notion gained currency in postmodernist aesthetics while in literary studies it has been transformed from its transgressive content into a detailed descriptive methodology. However, by bringing citationality into focus, practices of intertextuality suggest that literature is an autopoetic system, living on cultural memory, and interacting with other social discourses. The poetics of intertextuality Juvan proposes in his book is based mainly on semiotics and it elucidates factors determining the socio-historically elusive border between general intertextuality and citationality (encyclopaedic literary competence, paratext, etc.). In his analysis Juvan explores modes of intertextual representation. He stresses that in intertextuality pre-texts evoked or re-written in post-texts figure as interpretants of the latter and vice versa. Juvan’s analysis suggests that intertextual derivations and references have become common in literary culture as citational figures and genres.

Marko Juvan has published a truly intertextual book on intertextuality: his book History and Poetics of Intertextuality defines and analyzes Kristeva’s and Bakhtin’s concept in an etymological, literary, and intercultural context, thus laying bare its linguistic, philosophical, and social roots. His carefully argued analysis not only deals with the history of intertextuality, but at the same time reveals the relevance of this key concept of semiotics to poetics and culture theory in the best possible exemplification of comparative cultural studies. — Peter V. Zima, University of Klagenfurt

Marko Juvan teaches literary theory at the University of Ljubljana and he conducts research at the Scientific Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. His interests and publications include literary and cultural theory (intertextuality, literary discourse, cultural identity, literary field, canon, literary historiography, genre criticism), European romanticism, and twentieth- century Slovene literature. In addition to numerous papers in learned journals, his recent single- authored book publications include Intertekstualnost (Intertextuality; 2000), Vezi besedila (Textual Ties; 2000), and Literarna veda v rekonstrukciji (Literary Studies in Reconstruction; 2006). He edited or co-edited Romantična pesnitev (The Romantic Narrative Poem; 2002), Writing Literary History (with D. Dolinar, 2006), and Hybridizing Theory and Literature (with J. Kernev Štrajn; 2006).

Timothy Pogačar teaches Slavic languages and literatures at Bowling Green State University where he is chair of the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages. He is editor since 1994 of Slovene Studies: Journal of the Society for Slovene Studies, and translator from Russian and Slovene into English. His main interest in Slovene literature has been the works of Ivan Tavčar. His translation of Visoška kronika is forthcoming.



Acknowledgments vii
Chapter One Introduction 1
Chapter Two Notions and Phenomena of Intertextuality 11
Chapter Three Towards a History of Theories of Intertextuality 49
Chapter Four Trajectories of Intertextuality from Kristeva to Holthuis 96
Chapter Five The Poetics of Intertextuality as Citationality 144
Chapter Six Intertextuality for Literary and Culture Scholarship 179
Works Cited 185
Index 206



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