The intertextuality of the song fragment

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262887
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734441 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

The intertextuality of the song fragment

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This chapter discusses the way song fragments function in the work of four novelists: James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Christina Stead, and Charles Dickens. It considers silencing, particularly of women, as an aspect of fragmentation. It shows that women have long been associated with silence, despite having a cultural stereotype of garrulousness. The chapter also determines that intertexts empower the reader due to the ‘multi-accentuality’ of cultural texts and practices.

Keywords: song fragments; silencing; cultural stereotypes; intertexts; women; cultural texts; cultural practices

Chapter.  15227 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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