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The concept of intertextuality is characterised by being interdisciplinary, influenced, for example, by linguistics, psychoanalysis and philosophy. "Intertextuality" is employed in structuralism, post- structuralism, deconstruction and Marxism, as well as cultural, post-colonial and gender studies. The concept of intertextuality is associated with the Russian literary critic Michael Bakhtin's notion of dialogism, by which he means that a writer when writing enters into dialogue with other texts and with reality. The intertextual aspects of a text concern its structuration of words and utterances that existed before and will continue after the moment of utterance (cf. Bakhtin's dialogicity). In this chapter, the humiliating fates of nations and peoples like Israel and Ephraim, or of individuals like Job or the wicked ones, are depicted in images of plants whose catastrophe is complete, bereft of splendour, hope and future.

Keywords: dialogicity; Ephraim; intertextuality; Israel



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