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  • By: Michael Burns
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Intertextuality is a term that addresses the meanings generated via the intra-influences of subjects/authors, addressees/readers or audience, and linguistic units—that is, any material or perceived signifier of meaning (e.g., in the form of text or utterance)—within and through other texts. As a concept, it accounts for the notion that no artifact possesses the ability to make meaning by itself. Meanings ascertained from a given text are always negotiated relative to other, preexisting texts to which the addressee has ...

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