Intertextuality (The New Critical Idiom) By

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. Intertextuality (The New Critical Idiom)


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Allen's book is essential for anyone who studies the phenomenon of intertextuality, and in a very didactic way, the author invites us to know and embark on the precursory theories of this phenomenon that is so present today.

Better attention to the phenomenon of adaptation was given and done with mastery. Teen I like your service. Material reached in time. Go ahead .in Teen

This is a good one stop source for summary and discussion of a number of theorists. It's a solid introduction to the field.

I'm giving it four stars because in a few respects it could have been better.
first, there's some sloppy editing. Modifiers misplaced, odd constructions that could have been clearer.
second, the book really could have dealt with the internet, mimetics, virality. A [slight] update to the book in 2011 is recent enough to have approached the modern world better mimetics, virality, issues of authorial sovereignty in fan fiction, series reboots, and adaptations; cases of multiple authors such as TV script writers, etc.
third, on arts other than literature. Music has been consciously employing intertextuality for centuries, with cantus firmus masses, imitation masses, etc. in the Renaissance, the medieval Dies irae becoming a cliche of 19th century music, Mahler's quotations and self quotations. There's a huge amount of modern theoretical work by Robert Hatten and Michael Klein and other theorists on musical intertextuality, which merits all of a paragraph in the book. Admittedly, the book would have been much larger if it had expanded to give classical music, film, visual arts, etc. their fair due; but could have been done here. Teen very pleased Teen good condition Teen Great. Used this for a class paper. Really helped me, in addition to other books, understand intertextuality and adaptation. Teen A very helpful introduction to a confusing subject. It unravels a lot of the confusion by exploring the concept from its beginnings to the present day, in clear and simple language. Strikes a good balance between sensible explanation and concision. Teen