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Transtextual study of cinematic discourse

T.V. Dukhovnaya

UDC 81`42            


Dukhovnaya Tatiana Valeryevna,

Candidate of Philology, Senior Lecturer

of the Applied Linguistics and Information Technology Department

Kuban State University



 The article examines textual connections that cinematic discourse establishes with other precedent discourses. The research is based on the theory of transtextuality developed by the French scientist, Gerard Genette. The paper proves the ability of cinematic discourse to form all types of transtextual connections: intertextual, paratextual, metatextual, hypertextual, and architectual. Based on the analysis of these relations, their specific characteristics and functions are determined. Namely, to convey meanings explicitly or implicitly, make references to literary texts, previous films, movie images, influence the process of perception and understanding of cinematic discourse, guide viewers’ expectations in a certain direction, modify discourse of the past using the present, and employing the past, predict the future. In addition, the research contributes to the study of cinematic discourse and reveals the important characteristic of its structure — openness.

Keywords: cinematic discourse, transtextuality, intertextuality, paratextuality, metatextuality, hypertextuality, architextuality.



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