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date: 19 May 2022


A Dictionary of Film Studies

Annette Kuhn,

Guy Westwell

(n intertext) In literary theory, the idea that no text can exist as a self-sufficient whole, or function as a closed system: firstly, because any work is inevitably shot through with external references, quotations, and influences; secondly, because the reading or reception of a text is always informed by all the other texts and readings that the reader brings to it. Intertextuality, in this sense, is an activity of reading as much as of writing, and is regarded as a defining feature of ... ...

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