A Preliminary Essay on Intertextuality as a Socio-Cognitive Phenomenon

25 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2012

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Sandra Cavalcante

Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais

Date Written: September 28, 2012


In the past five decades, the concept of intertextuality has motivated several questions in Literary Criticism and in other fields such as Textual Linguistics and Discourse Analysis. Many of the answers proposed for those questions are based on an aesthetic and discursive approach. However, intertextuality can be studied from a broader perspective, that is, it can be seen as a concrete manifestation of cognitive principles, abilities and operations that underlie the phenomenon. The present essay aims at (1) understanding the basic social-cognitive principles that underlie intertextuality, (2) identifying which Cognitive Psychology theory allows the depiction of the basic cognitive operations implied in different manifestations of intertextuality, especially in paintings and lyrics and (3) identifying which theoretical categories of Textual Linguistics and Discourse Analysis (i.e., characters, narrator, enunciator, enunciatee, etc.) are fundamental in the analysis of intertextuality.

Keywords: Intertextuality, perception, attention, memory, integration

Suggested Citation

Cavalcante, Sandra, A Preliminary Essay on Intertextuality as a Socio-Cognitive Phenomenon (September 28, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2153937

Sandra Cavalcante (Contact Author)

Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais ( email )

Av. Dom José Gaspar, 500, Coração Eucarístico
Instituto de Ciências Humanas - Depart. de Letras
Belo Horizonte - Minas Gerais

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