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intertextuality


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The sum of relationships between and among writings. This modern critical term usually covers the range of ways in which one ‘text’ may respond to, allude to, derive from, mimic, or adapt another. The concept has been used in various ways under the influence of structuralism and post‐structuralism, often in reaction against the New Criticism and its assumption that a literary work is a self‐contained object. The idea that poems are made from other poems has been proclaimed by Frye, Barthes, and H. Bloom, among others.

Subjects: Literature.


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