The ethics and aesthetics of intertextual writing: Cultural appropriation and minor literature

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Cultural appropriation, as both concept and practice, is a hugely controversial issue. It is of particular importance to the arts because creativity is often found at the intersection of cultural boundaries. Much of the popular discourse on cultural appropriation focusses on the commercial use of indigenous or marginalised cultures by mainstream or dominant cultures. There is, however, growing awareness that cultural appropriation is a complicated issue encompassing cultural exchange in all its forms. Creativity emerging from cultural interdependence is far from reciprocal exchange. This insight indicates that ethical and political implications are at stake. Consequently, the arts are being examined with greater attention in order to assess these implications. This article will focus on appropriation in literature, examining the way appropriative strategies are being used to resist dominant cultural standards. These strategies and their implications will be analysed through the lens of Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of minor literature.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberayab001
Pages (from-to)291-306
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Aesthetics
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • cultural appropriation
  • Intertextuality
  • minor literature

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