Roland Barthes 'The Theory Of Intertexuality'?

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The Theory of Intertextuality Intertextuality a term derived from the Latin intertexto, meaning to intermingle while weaving was first used by French semiotician Julia Kristeva in essays such as ”Word, Dialogue, and Novel,” in the late sixties. In this essays, she parted ways with traditional notions of the author’s influence and the sources of text’s , asserting instead that the fabric of all signifying systems, from simple objects like table settings to much complex ones like poems are created by the manner in which they transform earlier signifying systems. Thus a literary work is the product of it’s relationship to other texts and to language structures itself rather than the product of a single author. ”Any text,” she argues, ”is constructed of a mosaic of quotations; any text is the absorption and transformation of another” (66). Intertextuality accounts for the role of literary and extra-literary materials without resorting to traditional notions of authorship and thus subverting the concept of the text as self-sufficient and hermetic in totality, foregrounding, in its stead, the fact that all literary production takes place in the presence of other texts and are, in effect, palimpsests. For Roland Barthes, who announced ‘the death of the author’, intertexuality is the fact that allows the text to come into being. He says: Any text is a new tissue of past citations. Bits of code, formulae, rhythmic models, fragments of social languages, etc., pass into

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