Essay: Paternity and Intertextuality in Christine Dixie's The Binding by Dr. Deborah Seddon

19 May 2018

Paternity and Intertextuality in Christine Dixie’s The Binding

Dr. Deborah Seddon


In this essay Deborah Seddon, a Senior lecturer in the English Department at Rhodes University explores the relationship between the images and the  text-based narratives Dixie invokes in her installation The Binding, arguing that,”… one of the most startling effects of The Binding is Dixie’s achievement of the visual equivalent of a narrative intertextuality. This intertextuality might be said to operate in Dixie’s exhibition as an extended metaphor for patriarchal paternity itself; in which the evidence of kinship is not always readily apparent and thus must be produced.”

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