Some of the ways into this module would include evaluating what intertextuality means when linked to satire in the media. Parody often makes use of intertextuality and it is heavily used in advertising, music and films and students will be able to quickly grasp the referential connections that are made.
From a feminist perspective for these paired texts, the following images show how an original text can be appropriated for a different context and purpose. The focus must remain on the 'effects of context, purpose and audience.'
Intertextuality features large in the rubric outline for Elective 1 in Module A whereas it is not specifically mentioned in the outline for Elective 2. The term has been used very loosely in recent years and depending on the texts involved, it can become a very complex examination of connectedness. From an Advanced Module A 'comparative' perspective, it involves a close evaluation of the explicit and implicit similarities, differences and references between the primary text and its intertext. For the Prose Fiction and nonfiction option, Fay Weldon prompts her readers to 'reflexively' reconsider Jane Austen, especially in light of her historical and social context. The layered meanings that arise in 'Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen' offers new meaning and influences our interpretations of the original text. William Irwin has criticised how Postmodern discourse has resulted in the term 'intertextuality' having 'come to have almost as many meanings as users'. He suggests that important nuances have been blocked out and that 'intertextuality has eclipsed allusion as an object of literary study while lacking the latter term's clear definition.'
Fay Weldon's text is listed as non-fiction and its main focus is the context, life and works of Jane Austen. Her sixteen letters to a fictitious niece have memoir and essay elements, coloured by sardonic humour. parody and postmodern pastiche. Weldon wrote the screenplay for the 1980 BBC production of 'Pride and Prejudice' and researched Austen's historical and social context. Readers are informed and challenged to explore the writer's ideas and values as well as why her novels are significant and examples of Literature with a capital L. Weldon's work reflects the postmodern and feminist challenge to dominant patriarchal and literary ideologies but in a way that deepens understanding of Austen's social criticism. Both texts have a didactic purpose and this paring fits the Elective 1 rubric very well.