|dc.description.abstract||This dissertation was written as website in script form representing how I, an academic researcher, work toward an understanding of the pregnant teenager and how that teenager is viewed in American society. This script is written as if it is a conversation between a group of people who view teenage pregnancy with very different perspectives. This site is set up so that the viewer can move through each page in an orderly fashion or so that the viewer can jump from one section to another in random order. Each page has a variety of texts to explore. There are paintings which relate to the discussions between the five characters that participate in the script. I want the paintings to be there for interpretation and to frame the larger themes but they speak for themselves. There will be no subheadings to help with their descriptions. I have, however, provided a living space for reading participants to leave comments and thoughts about the pictures, clips, and the overall script. The script is set up as if there is a group of people who have watched the movie Juno and are discussing their thoughts about the film. As they speak they often feel the need to watch certain clips again and their discussion moves into and out of these clips. They often bring in thoughts from other movies that require viewings as well.
The use of a variety of media or texts is important to this intertextual document because it allows for constant movement between texts. “Intertextuality is the process whereby one text refers endlessly to other texts (their intertexts) and to their processes of social and cultural production (Fox, 1995). Intertextual analysis is the process whereby the analysis of one text is initiated into the processes and history of that text’s production. Agger (1990, p. 3) observes that intertextuality is a “...concept that indicates that various dialogues and negotiations are going on between texts and authors.””(Garrick, Keogh, Pendergast, & Dole, forthcoming, 2012).
In order to view the website, please click the following link: www.missyjersawitz.com||