Spaces, transgressions, and intertextuality

TitleSpaces, transgressions, and intertextuality
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsJuvan, Marko
EditorBernard, Jeff, Jurij Fikfak, and Peter Grzybek
Book TitleText & Reality
PublisherZRC Publishing; Österreichische Gesellschaft für Semiotik; University of Graz
CityLjubljana; Wien; Graz
Keywordsintertextuality, literary text, semiosis, space, spatiality

The experience of 'real' and 'imaginary' spaces transgresses their ontological boundary by means of semiosis. During the reading process, the discourse of the text enters the inner speech of the reading subject, interpellating her/him to take specific positions in the imaginary. It is through such perspectivization, that the imaginary space gives the reader the illusion of presence. Presence, supported by the text's spatial syntax, is undone by forces producing transgressive spaces (i.e., co-extensive, flowing spaces): figural and palimpsest transgression, textual explosion, and intertextuality. Literary texts intertextually transposes represented spaces of other texts interfering with their own spatial syntax or else they evoke extratextual spaces functioning as typical contexts for certain types of discourse, genres, and styles. The interplay of spaces and discourses constitutes identities and social relations. Different spaces imply different patterns of behavior, distinct registers and speech performances. Because of unstable spatial boundaries and due to the fundamental intertextuality of space, identities are in permanent hybridization and mobility.