3rd Edition


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ISBN 9781032122557
October 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

This successful introduction to intertextuality deftly introduces this crucial area and relates its significance to key theories and movements in the study of literature. The third edition is updated to includes a brand new chapter, looking at intermediality, and how the study of intertextuality has changed over the last ten years.

Offering a clear guide to this crucial area, Graham Allen:

  • outlines the history and contemporary use of the term
  • incorporates a wealth of illuminating examples from literature and culture
  • examines the politics and aesthetics of the term
  • relates intertextuality to global cultures and new media

Looking at intertextuality in relation to literary and critical theory as well as contemporary culture and media, this book offers a fascinating and useful approach to all aspects of literary studies, especially those dealing with adaptation, media, or comparative studies.

Table of Contents

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  6. Intertextuality Today  7. 20 Years On

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Graham Allen is Professor of English at University College, Cork, Ireland. He is author of Harold Bloom: A Poetics of Conflict, Roland Barthes (Routledge Critical Thinkers), Mary Shelley, The Reader's Guide to 'Frankenstein', and editor of The Salt Companion to Harold Bloom (with Roy Sellers) and Reading on Audience and Textual Materiality (with Carrie Griffin and Mary O'Connell).