Explores theories of intertextuality developed by Kristeva, Jauss, Bloom, Gilbert and Gubar, Genette, and others, and asks why the debates they have provoked have had such resonance in contemporary literary studies. A series of literary texts ranging from classical antiquity to the present will provide test cases for the various theories. Attention to such questions as influence, imitation, allusion, quotation, and plagiarism.
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