Intertextuality

2nd Edition

By Graham Allen

Series Editor: John Drakakis

© 2011 – Routledge

248 pages

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About the Book

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:

  • outlines the history and contemporary use of the term
  • incorporates a wealth of illuminating examples from literature and culture
  • includes a new, expanded conclusion on the future of intertextuality
  • examines the politics and aesthetics of the term
  • relates intertextuality to global cultures and new media.

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.

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 Conclusion ‘The Futures of Intertextuality’ Glossary Bibliography Index

About the Author/Editor

Graham Allen lectures on Romantic and Victorian literature, and literary theory at University College, Cork. 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).

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

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:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General