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Revista mexicana de ciencias políticas y sociales

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ROMERO ALVAREZ, María de Lourdes. Transtextuality in the journalistic discourse: Analysis of an interview. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2011, vol.56, n.213, pp.53-63. ISSN 0185-1918.

Every text is a product of several writings and it will only be complete when it is updated by the reader. For this reason, in order that a text can be considered as such, the active participation of the reader is required. This means that the reader has to understand the content of the text. To do this the reader has not only have a knowledge of the linguistic code but also have other kinds of competences such as be proficient in other skills to establish relationships between the content of the text and that of other texts, to make assumptions, to suppress idiosyncrasies and to integrate what is read within a context. To illustrate the complex procedure that involves reading comprehension, this article presents the analysis of a journalistic interview using transtextuality as a methodological proposal. Transtextuality will be understood not only from the perspective of text building, including all the extratextual elements that the writer employs to produce his text, but also from the textual reception, in other words, from the association network that the reader makes when he reconstructs the text.

Keywords : transtextuality; intertextuality; paratext; archtext; interpretative cooperation; textual strategy.

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