Introduction: Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Judith H. Anderson

in Reading the Allegorical Intertext

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228478
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241125 | DOI:
Introduction: Reading the Allegorical Intertext

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Such intertextual relations can be historicized in the survey of longue durée, either exemplarily or thematically, selectively, and therefore rather narrowly. With the latter options, the focus has tended to shift from linguistic text to thematized content and historical context and from literary writing to other expressions of culture and of society. These kinds of shifts from texts to theme, culture, and society are certainly viable. The intertext is a convenient term for a relationship or a series of relationships with a single text or multiple texts that enrich and reorient the signification and reception of the text in question. The intertext can be imagined on a continuum between deliberate imitation and intentional allusion, and on the other, an intertextuality in which the unlimited agency of the signifier operates virtually without regard for context, whether sentential and textually specific or broadly cultural, societal, and historical.

Keywords: intertext; relationship; intertextuality; context; imitation; allusion; culture; society

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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