re·​con·​tex·​tu·​al·​ize | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈteks-chə-wə-ˌlīz How to pronounce recontextualize (audio) , -chə-ˌlīz \
recontextualized; recontextualizing; recontextualizes

Definition of recontextualize

transitive verb

: to place (something, such as a literary or artistic work) in a different context

Examples of recontextualize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Writer Cord Jefferson honored the victims of 1921’s Tulsa Massacre, an act of terror nearly scrubbed from history that Watchmen helped recontextualize into an origin story for this quilt that is America. Darren Franich,, "A pretty good Emmys made a poor case for TV’s importance, but at least we could watch Watchmen: Review," 21 Sep. 2020 Among his suggestions: display the monuments in museums, display them in parks designated for that specific purpose, put them in storage, or recontextualize them. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "House Beautiful Visionary Michael Diaz-Griffith Shares "A Preservationist's Guide to Confederate Statues"," 12 June 2020 Now, songwriting is an exercise at looking inward, using the past to recontextualize the future. Steven Edelstone,, "Glass Animals learn to be human again," 26 May 2020 Once again, Stone is trying to recontextualize the primal drives of classic tragedy in the familiar landscape of today. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Medea’ Review: Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale, Torched by Love," 30 Jan. 2020 YouTubers like Lindsey Ellis craft long, brilliant video essays that recontextualize broadly familiar films with unique insights. Wired, "Authority Figures: Movie Talk and the Rise of Review Culture," 1 Oct. 2019 But there are also a slew of videos in which students recontextualize the bathroom social space and play with its perception. Casey Newton, The Verge, "It’s time to end “trending” on Twitter," 13 Aug. 2019 Her achievement here is not to reinvent the coming-of-age narrative so much as recontextualize it, refusing the temptations of solipsism that can sometimes seep into cruel stories of youth. Justin Chang, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Moving ‘Too Late to Die Young’ opens a window on a lost Chilean summer," 13 June 2019 To call Jackson’s professed attack an act of terrorism is also to recontextualize the age of lynching as an earlier age of terrorism, forgotten by most, but whose scars still linger in the memory of black America. Jamelle Bouie, Slate Magazine, "Timothy Caughman’s Murder Was a Lynching," 24 Mar. 2017

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Recontextualize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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