Intertextuality and Hypertextual Transformations in the Turkish Minstrel Tales

Ozay Y.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.83, pp.6-18, 2009 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 83
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.6-18
  • Keywords: Intertextuality, Palimpsests, Hypertextuality, Minstrel Tales


In this paper, some of the Turkish minstrel tales are analyzed in the frame of Gerard Genette's 'palimpsests' approach. In the transtextuality category; the minstrel tales demonstrate both intertextual relations and hypertextual transformations. In terms of intertextuality, the tales present self-conscious intertextual relations by referring to other texts. The paper focuses on that in terms of hypertextuality, the mistrel tales transform the other texts by the process of reduction, extension, amplification and so on. Because of this process, the structure, the plot and the meaning of the previous text is transformed. As a result, the Turkish minstrel tales, as oral literary texts, can actively have role in intertextual relations as hypertexts.