Intertextuality

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Definition

Intertextuality in art refers to the way that artworks reference, reflect, or dialogue with other artistic works. It is a concept of creating new meanings through the relationship between different texts, images, or symbols.

History

Concept Development

The term ‘intertextuality’ was coined by poststructuralist Julia Kristeva in the 1960s, drawing on Bakhtin’s theories. It has since become integral in postmodern art and criticism.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is intertextuality in art?
    Intertextuality in art is the referencing or incorporation of elements from other artworks or texts, creating a dialogue between them and generating new meanings.

  2. How is intertextuality used in art?
    Artists use intertextuality to comment on, reinterpret, or pay homage to other works, thereby enriching the viewer’s experience and understanding of the art.