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Narrative and Intertextuality

Charlotte Linde

in Working the Past

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195140286
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140286.003.0008
Narrative and Intertextuality

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This chapter investigates the relation between institutional stories and the ways in which members tell their own stories within this field of prior texts. It examines the notions of intertextuality and textual communities, showing how stories are shaped in relation to prior texts: direct citation and quotation, use of similar values in the evaluation of stories, critique of and rejection of prior texts. The chapter shows the relation of this kind of narrative intertextuality within an institution to conversion narratives. This chapter argues that an individuals' story is not only personal, but is shaped as a response to earlier stories , and the appropriate values and actions which those stories teach. This intertextuality of personal narrative means that one's presentation of the events and meanings of one's life is not only individual, but rather is strongly shaped by the stories of the communities of which one is a member.

Keywords: intertextuality; prior text; conversion narrative; textual community; identity; narrative canon; canon formation

Chapter.  16340 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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