Theories of intertextuality suggest that meaning in a text can only ever be understood in relation to other texts; no work stands alone but is interlinked with the tradition that came before it and the context in which it is produced. This idea of intertextuality is crucial to understanding literary studies today.
Graham Allen deftly introduces the topic and relates its significance to key theories and movements in the study of literature.
The second edition of this important guide to intertextuality:
Looking at intertextuality in relation to structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, postcolonialism, Marxism, feminism and psychoanalytic theory, this is a fascinating and useful guide for all students of literature and culture.
Introduction 1. Origins: Saussure, Bakhtin, Kristeva 2. The Text Unbound: Barthes 3. Structuralist Approaches: Genette and Riffaterre 4. Situated Readers: Bloom, Feminism, Postcolonialism 5. Postmodern conclusions Conclusion ‘The Futures of Intertextuality’ Glossary Bibliography Index
The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:
With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.