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"It is the fundamental task of literary criticism to teach them, first by explaining what they need to know and then by showing how they may most efficiently acquire that knowledge. What they need to know, of course, are the conventions of literature, and here the only singing school is studying the monuments of themselves. That is, in the intertextual view, the study of literature cannot be based on psychology, anthropology, sociology, or biography, nor can it be grounded in religious, economic, or political history" (Keesey 271).

Well, it seems that Keesey throws some guidelines out there for us to try to figure out how intertextual criticism works. It seems we have to eliminate a lot of distractions when using this type of criticism. Once again, at least for me, I think it will still be hard to eliminate looking at the works historically. I just always think at some point in that kind of mindset, I think because it was the most easiest for me to follow.


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