capsule Let’s talk about Intertexts of Afro-descendant identity, with Diego Falconí Trávez, lawyer and doctor in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature.

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Tony Cokes’ works make extensive use of the concept of the intertext, and especially in works such as Mikrohaus: or the Black Atlantic and Black Celebration it is possible to reflect on its function. Understanding the intertext as proposed by the feminist thinker Julia Kristeva – i.e., as the absorption of one text in another – allows us to think about the complex fabric woven by the author in these works. In this case, the intertext addresses the question of how, through the conjunction of writing, image and music, different textualities can be assembled: theoretical works, newsreel images, books, recorded interviews, etc., in a deeply political and poetic project about Afro-descendant subjectivities.

This intertextual use, which creates a pastiche of the different images that constitute the text itself, helps to deconstruct writing and literary culture – associated with prestige, power and civilisation – by introducing oral, popular, street and apocryphal elements in order to articulate a form of narration that complicates and enriches contemporary Afro-descendant identity.

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