Communication and Culture | Theories of Performance in Communication and Culture
C706 | 25108 | Bauman, R.

R, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM, 501 N. Park

Meets with CULS-C 701 and FOLK-F 740

Open to Graduates Only!

Instructor: Richard Bauman
Office: 800 E. 3rd St. – room 243
Phone: 855-5367

The relationship of texts to other texts has long been a key
analytical concern in folklore, ethnomusicology, performance
studies, and media studies. This mode of inquiry has been re-
energized in recent years under the conceptual rubric of
intertextuality, a term coined by Julia Kristeva based on the
foundational work of the Bakhtin Circle. In this course, we will
chart the foundations of the concept of intertextuality in the work
of Bakhtin, Voloshinov, Kristeva, and Genette, and then go on to
explore a range of intertextually oriented perspectives on allied
concepts, including genre, performance, parody, remediation, and
metaculture. The principal written work for the course will consist
of brief critical and synthetic assessments of the relevant
literature and an extended research paper that brings to bear the
key concepts treated in the course on a body of substantive


Bakhtin, M. M. 1986. Speech Genres and Other Late Essays.
Transl.Vern W. McGee; ed. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist.
Austin: University of Texas Press.

Bauman, Richard. 2004. A World of Others’ Words: Cross-Cultural
Perspectives on Intertextuality. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Morris, Pam and Graham Roberts, eds. 1998. The Bakhtin Reader:
Selected Writings of Bakhtin, Medvedev, Voloshinov. London: Hodder

Additional readings on e-reserve.