Intertextuality 2: Hybrid Genres and Hypertexts

Guiding Conceptual Questions: Intertextuality

  • How do texts adhere to and deviate from conventions associated with literary forms or text types?
  • In what ways can comparison and interpretation be transformative?

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Genre Mashing

Body of Work: Anti-ads


Paper 1 Text Type Focus: Hypertexts

Concept Albums

Body of Work: No Man’s Land

Frank Turner released this concept album in 2019, telling the stories of various historical women such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, (an America gospel singer) and Mata Hari, a World War One spy. It’s lyrically interesting in and of itself, but it’s attracted all sorts of bad press, and Turner himself is active in terms of responding on his website and through his accompanying podcast, Tales From No Man’s Land. The to-and-fro of review and response, album and podcast would create an interesting study in the area of Intertextuality, and either the album itself, Turner’s wider responses, or a combination of the two would constitute a body of work.

Towards Assessment: Individual Oral

“Supported by an extract from one non-literary text and one from a literary work, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions by the teacher, to the following prompt:

Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through the content and form of two of the texts that you have studied. (40 marks)

IB Language and Literature Guide

An extract from No Man’s Land would be a perfect text to use in this oral exercise. The author of the work would be ‘Frank Turner’. It connects particularly well to the Global Issue of Culture, Identity and Community. Speak to your teacher about ideas for literary pairings before you start to plan your presentation. You could consider these examples, which pair the letter with literary texts which also present women’s stories:

  • Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber (you could compare the voice of the narrator from the title story in this collection with that of one of the women from No Man’s Land. You might like to consider the authenticity of the voices as written by the two different authors.)
  • Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife (you could compare a poem such as Thetis with one of the No Man’s Land tracks to consider what each text tells you about a woman’s experience in a man’s world).
  • Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (you might be interested in comparing how Portia finds a way to exercise her power in Act 4, Scene 1, or how she describes her world in Act 1 Scene 2, with an extract from No Man’s Land.)