The Elements Of Intertextualism In Postmodernism In Literature
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Post-modernist literary styles and ideas serve to dispute, reverse and reject the principles of modernist literature (Postmodernism in Literature) This plays in the fact that artists of the postmodern period tend to abstain from bringing out the possibility of meaning whereas this is opposite case in modernist fiction. The postmodern product is presented across as a parody of the modernist literary quest for meaning (Postmodernism in Literature). Some of the characteristics which run commonly in postmodernists texts include: magic realism, intertextuality, maximalism, metafiction, temporal distortion, pastiche, etc. I have analyzed two of the major ones: intertextuality and magic realism.
Post-modernist fiction entails within it the element of intertextuality. This means that it takes into account the meaning of another text. The reference text is analyzed carefully to derive meaning to be inculcated in the primary text. Intertextuality acts as a literary device which is used to create an “interrelationship between texts’” (Wikipedia)which connects texts by creating a common understanding in all of them. Adding these references helps influence the reader and make the text an in-depth, experiential and multi layered evidence of the point the author is trying to make. This is a discourse strategy which is used by writers in novels, poetry and non-written texts (which include performances and digital media). Intertextuality can be created by making use of figures like