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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Transtextuality is defined as the "textual transcendence of the text". According to Tina Hansen in her Intertextuality in the Scream trilogy, transtextuality is "all that sets the text in relationship, whether obvious or concealed, with other texts". According to Gérard Genette transtextuality "covers all aspects of a particular text".


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


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 relation 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 or genres
  • Metatextuality is the explicit or implicit critical commentary of one text on another text
  • Hypotextuality or hypertextuality is the relation between a text and a preceding hypotext; wherein the text or genre on which it is based but 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.

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