Intertextuality: Debates and Contexts

Intertextuality: Debates and Contexts

By: Mary Orr (author)Hardback

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This book is a comprehensive introduction to the idea of intertextuality and the debates surrounding it, focusing on the four key thinkers whose work has been central to these debates -- Kristeva, Barthes, Bloom and Genette. * A comprehensive introduction to a intertextualitya , a term which describes the idea that meaning only exists between a text and all the other texts to which it refers and relates. * Focuses on the four key thinkers whose work has been central to these debates -- Kristeva, Barthes, Bloom and Genette, guiding the reader through the original texts of each of these. * Of special importance is the author's reading (and translation) of other parts of Kristeva's Semeiotike. * Takes a fresh approach to the rival French critics -- Angenot, Derrida, Girard and Ricoeur -- who also worked on intertexuality and tackles the a languagea of intertextuality, shining new light on some of the terminology most commonly associated with this concept.

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Mary Orr is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Exeter.


Prologue. Introduction. Chapter 1 -- Intertextuality. Kristeva's Term in Context. Kristeva's Intertextuality and Semeiotike. Barthes. Riffaterre. Interdiscursivity. Interdisciplinarity. Internet and Hypertext. Chapter 2 -- Influence. Influence v Intertextuality. Bloom's 'Anxiety of Influence' in Context. Harold Bloom. 'Traditional' Influence. Chapter 3 -- Imitation. Imitation in Context: Mimesis or Anti--mimesis?. Richard Dawkins: Genetics and 'Memetics'. Gerard Genette: Rhetoric and the Mimologic. Rene Girard: Sandal and Excommunication. Countering the Canon: Imitatio v Plagiarism, Forgery, Counterfeit. Chapter 4 -- Quotation. Quotation in context: Dictionary or Postmodern Definitions?. Quotation's Crystallizations: Illustrations in Few Other Words. AllusionQuotation's Aptness: Adeptness in Other Words. Abridgement as Allegory and Parable. Bridging as Cycle and Cyclification. Span and Interpretation. Quotation as Extraction: Re--circulations and Exchanges in so Many Other Words. Prophecy. Translation. Coda: the Return of Reference and the Work of Paul Ricoeur. Conclusions. Notes. Refernces and Bibliography. Index. Dictionary of Alternative Terms.

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/06/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780745606217
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780745606217
  • weight: 492
  • ISBN10: 0745606210

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