Influence and Intertextuality in Literary History

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 349 pages
This collection explores and clarifies two of the most contested ideas in literary theory - influence and intertextuality. The study of influence tends to centre on major authors and canonical works, identifying prior documents as sources or contexts for a given author. Intertextuality, on the other hand, is a concept unconcerned with authors as individuals; it treats all texts as part of a network of discourse that includes culture, history and social practices as well as other literary works. In thirteen essays drawing on the entire spectrum of English and American literary history, this volume considers the relationship between these two terms across the whole range of their usage.
 

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Contents

Part II
29
Intertextuality and the Subject of ReadingWriting
61
vi
110
Diversity and Change in Literary Histories
114
Intertextuality and the ReBirth
146
History in The
181
The Complicated
204
Liberating the Woman
219
Mourning and Intertextuality
271
Interracialtextuality in NineteenthCentury
313
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