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The construction of identity through visual intertextuality in a Bohemian early modern travelogue

Ivanic, Suzanna (2015) The construction of identity through visual intertextuality in a Bohemian early modern travelogue. Visual Communication, 14 (1). pp. 49-72. ISSN 1470-3572. (doi:10.1177/1470357214554544)

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Abstract

Cultural historians have long been concerned with visual sources. Their research has centred on ways of reading images and how they can most accurately be interpreted. This article focuses on an alternative aspect of these visual sources: on how images were made and used. It analyses how the identity of a Bohemian Catholic, Bed?ich z Donín, is constructed by his use of images in a travelogue based on his pilgrimage in the early 17th century. Highlighting the process of ‘visual intertextuality’, it claims that the ways in which Donín adopts and adapts visual images reveals his association with various affinity groups. The distinction between ‘actual’ and ‘habitual’ intertextuality is applied to the analysis of this historical source and shows how competing voices are present in the images. This article is an example of how historians can use the methodologies of semioticians to benefit their research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1470357214554544
Uncontrolled keywords: affinity group, history, identity, semiotics, travel, visual intertextuality, voices
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Suzanna Ivanic
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 20:50 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67184 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ivanic, Suzanna: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5211-6967
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