Literature as Textual Intercourse

  • Raymond Tallis
Part of the Language, Discourse, Society book series (LDS)


Like many of the more startling ideas developed by literary theorists, the thesis that a work owes its origin to, and primarily refers to, other works has its roots in common sense.


Literary Text Transitional Probability External Reality Closed Universe Literary Discourse 
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    Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author, in Image — Music — Text, selected and trans. Stephen Heath (London: Fontana; Glasgow: Collins, 1977) p. 146.Google Scholar
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    Tzvetan Todorov, quoted in Terence Hawkes, Structuralism and Semiotics (London: Methuen, 1977) p. 100.Google Scholar
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