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Transtextuality is the textual transcendence of the text . According to Gerard Genette transtextuality is “all that sets the text in relationship, whether obvious or concealed, with other texts” and it “covers all aspects of a particular text”. [1] Genette described transtextuality as a “more inclusive term” than intertextuality . [2] [3]


Genette provided five subtypes of transtextuality, namely: intertextuality, paratextuality , architextuality , metatextuality , and hypertextuality (also known as hypotextuality ). [2] [3]


The following are the descriptions for the five subtypes of transtextuality:

  • Intertextuality could be in the form of quotation, plagiarism, or allusion.
  • Paratextuality is the relationship between one text and its paratext that surrounds the main body of the text. Examples are titles, headings, and prefaces.
  • Architextuality is the designation of a text as a part of a genre
  • Metatextuality is the explicit or implicit critical commentary of one text on another text
  • Hypotextuality or hypertextuality is the relationship between a text and a preceding hypotext; the text or genre on which it is based and which it transforms, modifies, elaborates or extends. Examples are parody, spoof, sequel, and translation. In information technology, hypertextuality is a text that takes the reader directly to other texts. [2]

See also

  • Literary theory
  • Post-structuralism
  • Semiotics
  • Umberto Eco
  • meta
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Institute for Transtextual and Transcultural Studies


  1. Jump up^ Genette, Gerard. The architext: an introduction. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992: 83-84
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