Intertextuality (New Critical Idiom Series) by Graham Allen
All readers will be grateful for the 11-page glossary of speciality terms, and advanced readers will welcome the substantial bibliography.
Allen so convincingly places questions of intertextual reference and origination at the heart of contemporary critical theory that this book could serve well as a key central text in any critical theory course or Victorian studies class. It is well-written, accessible to undergraduate and graduate students alike, and very well researched. As in many of the other volumes in the series, its Glossary of terms is helpful and lucid. I recommend it highly.
No text has its meaning alone; all texts have their meaning in relation to other texts. Since Julia Kristeva coined the term in the 1960s, intertextuality has been a dominant idea within literary and cultural studies leaving none of the traditional ideas about reading or writing undisturbed.
This book, the first full-length study of intertextuality in English, fills an important gap. Following all the major turns in the term's history, this handy guide clearly explains how intertextuality is employed in structuralist, post-structuralist, semiotic, deconstructive, reader-response, marxist, feminist and psychoanalytic theory. From the alternative origins of Saussurean linguistics and the work of Bakhtin the book traces the major directions of intertextual theory to the postmodern present.
About the Author
Graham Allen is Lecturer in English at University College, Cork. He is the author of Harold Bloom: A Poetics of Conflict (1994).