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Intertextual Series: Reproduction and Resistance in the Media

Adam Hodges

in The “War on Terror” Narrative

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199759590
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759590.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

Intertextual Series: Reproduction and Resistance in the Media

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As sound bites and talking points from political speeches circulate in the media, they form the basis of an intertextual series. One effect of forwarding an intertextual series is to further solidify the larger narrative with which it is associated. However, while reiteration of prior text may maintain fidelity to a meaning already established, it may also introduce new meanings. Challenge and resistance may occur through meta-pragmatic comments that overtly evaluate prior text or through the simple refraction that takes place anytime prior text is introduced into a new context. This chapter examines these different aspects of recontextualization to illustrate how key phrases associated with the narrative are reshaped through social interaction.

Keywords: intertextual series; recontextualization; sound bites; talking points; war on terror

Chapter.  10729 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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