Systemic Intertextuality. A Morphogenetic Perspective

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https://doi.org/10.18778/2083-2931.10.24

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intertextuality, system theory, structuration, morphogenesis, social capital, cultural capital

Abstract

If late modern literary production is structured by any principles rendering order to the otherwise nebular character of the process, this is the idea of intertextuality that paves the way for the dissolution of well entrenched structures, literary conventions and institutionalized canons. By fostering and facilitating the erosion of boundaries between elite and popular culture, mechanisms of intertextuality show that literature is not only a fixed collection of texts, but also a dynamic social system including structured practices of production and reception together with their institutional, cultural and technological determinants. The paper aims to provide a sociologically-oriented model of intertextual relations taking place within the social system of literature. In this context, circulation, dissemination, and recycling of literary motifs is viewed from a perspective of morphogenetic processes which result in the structural elaboration and systemic change due to the mobilization of social, cultural, and economic capitals in an effort to alter pre-existent practices of signification. Consequently, literature is discussed as an intertextual system in statu nascendi, a sphere of social practices that knows no sense of institutional boundaries or structural constraints.

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Tomasz Burzyński, University of Silesia, Katowice

Tomasz Burzyński received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. He works at the Institute of Literary Studies where he teaches Sociology, Media Studies and Cultural Studies. His research interests include cultural studies and cultural theory, sociology of risk, theories of trust, and discourses of health and illness. Recent publications include: “Sociologizing Automotive Heritage. Traditions of Automobile Folklore and the Challenges of Risk Society” in The Routledge Companion to Automobile Heritage, Culture, and Preservation, ed. J. Clark and B. Stiefel, New York: Routledge, 2020; “Zrzucając maski. Refleksje na temat podmiotowości w świetle procesów (bio)medykalizacji” in ER(R)GO 37 (2018).

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2020-11-24

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Burzyński, T. (2020). Systemic Intertextuality. A Morphogenetic Perspective. Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, (10), 433-445. https://doi.org/10.18778/2083-2931.10.24