The Intertextual Trope In Literary Journalism

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The intertextual trope in literary journalism intersects with Bakhtin’s notion of dialogism according to which novel is considered the most dialogic genre with its rejection of the monolithic discourses of other genres that are “encased in a firm and stable monologic framework” which does not "rip apart the presented world" (Problems 68). In literary journalistic theory, such a dialogic discourse is privileged over the monologic discourse of traditional journalism. This dialogic discourse manifests itself in inter-texts or competing stories within a certain text that subvert any idea of originality, hierarchy, or a prior discourse. In a traditional journalistic context, the language of the reporter or the journalist functions in an authoritative zone where it “is not a question of choosing it from among other possible discourses that are its equal” (Bakhtin, The Dialogic 342). So, the rejection…show more content…
By looking at a literary journalistic text contrapuntally, intertwined histories and perspectives will be taken into account. Such a contrapuntal analysis, developed by Edward Said, can be used in interpreting and exploring literary journalistic texts, considering the perspectives of both the journalist or historian and the fabulist or the man of letters. This approach is not only helpful but also necessary in making important connections in a non-fiction novel. The contrapuntal discourse, according to Said, shows an "awareness both of the metropolitan history that is narrated and of those other histories against which (and together with which) the dominating discourse acts" (Said 51). It takes in various accounts of socio-political issues by tackling simultaneously the factual historical perspective of journalism and the literary fabulations of
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