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Texts and Other Texts. Central Focus: Intertextuality —”the way that texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts.”  . “Texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts.” So what?. Well…it flies in the face of our commonsense notions about literary “originality.” .

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Texts and other texts

Texts and Other Texts

Central Focus: Intertextuality—”the way that texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts.”  


Texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts so what

“Texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts.” So what?

Well…it flies in the face of our commonsense notions about literary “originality.” 


Texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts so what1

“Texts are always related to and dependent upon other texts.” So what?

Still, the very word “text” carries with it the idea of a web, a network, a fabric—something intricately woven of many interdependent strands.


text texts.”

[a. F. texte, also ONF. tixte), the Scriptures, ad.med.L. textus the Gospel, written character, L. textus style, tissue of a literary work, lit. that which is woven, web, texture, f. text-, ppl. stem of tex-re to weave.] 


Any given text might be related

Any given text might be related… texts.”

to some texts by virtue of a common topic

to others by virtue of a common theme, &

to still others by virtue of a common style or form or genre


Any given text might

Any given text might… texts.”

make explicit or implicit references or allusions to other texts;

transform or adapt another text (this would include spoofs or parodies);

interpret or comment upon another text.


The simpsons network
The Simpsons texts.” Network

Jonathan Gray, Watching With The Simpsons

Jon Horowitz, “Mmm…Television”

Mattia Miani, “The Simpsons: Innovation and Tradition in a Postmodern TV Family”

“Intertextuality” (Metapedia)



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