Intertextual

Definition

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The term, intertextuality was coined "by Julia Kristeva in 1966 to denote the interdependence of literary texts."1 M. H. Abrams in his book A Glossary of Literary Terms says that intertextuality

is used to signify the multiple ways in which any one literary text echoes, or is inseparably linked to, other texts, whether by open or covert citations and allusions, or by the assimilation of the formal and substantive features of an earlier text, or simply by participation in a common stock of literary and linguistic procedures and conventions.2

Context

Within the context of the novel Deus ex Machina: Logos, the use of the word is self-reflexive in that the narrator of the story talks about other texts after introducing herself as the author of the book the reader is reading. A list of some of those texts follows:

The Metamorphosis, "Narcissus and Echo", by Ovid
The Metamorphosis, "Diana and Actaeon", by Ovid
Popul Vuh, an Anonymous work written by Mayan scribes

The narrator, Cecelia, also uses the word self-reflexively to talk about another "secret book".

See Also

Intertextual at Wikipedia
Self-reflexive at Wikipedia


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