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March 11, 2007

EL312: Amalgamation interpolation

I think I understood intertextuality before I knew the actual word. Like my Bedford says, I don't think it should be limited to mere texts.

The critic Julie Kristeva, who popularized and is often credited with coining this term, views any given work as part of a larger fabric of literary discourse, part of a continuum including the future as well as the past. Other critics have argued for an even broader use and understanding of the term intertextuality, maintaining that literary history per se is too narrow a context within which to read and understand a literary text. (219)

This really seems like a "hat tip" or a "nod" to other authors, really, and it's pervasive in other art forms as well as in popular culture. I've taken a few art history courses here at SHU and I've noticed a kind of intertextuality before. It's fun to watch TV shows when there are references to other TV shows and even works of literature or other socio-historic extrapolations.

But literature referencing literature and only literature as intertextuality makes sense since it is texts that we're talking about... but the terms suits the other instances as well, in some ways. I'm somewhat torn on this subject.

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by KarissaKilgore at March 11, 2007 8:17 PM


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