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Questions tagged [intertextuality]

For questions about the relationship between texts or sets of texts.

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Explore the significance of imprisonment in The Tempest and Hag-seed. How do the textual conversations add to our understanding of both texts?

“This is the extent of it, Felix muses. My island domain. My place of exile. My penance. My theatre,” - Margaret Atwood, Hag-Seed Explore the significance of imprisonment, isolation and the role of ...
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“What a piece of work is man” - echo in The Lord of the Rings?

In The Fellowship of the Ring, after Gandalf tells Frodo the story of the One Ring and challenges him to destroy it, Frodo looks at the ring and we read this description: how rich and beautiful was ...
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Do characters in Lawrence Block's books ever meet each other?

Like Matthew Scudder and Bernie Rhodenbarr, do they know each other?
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What does “Rebirth of Slick” mean when it quotes “On the Subway”?

Digable Planets' Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That) ("Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)," 1993, track 06, released as a single in 1992) (genius.com link) quotes the "blink blink" passages ...
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How many of the Songs of Innocence and of Experience come in pairs?

Some years ago I studied many of Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Many of them are very clearly paired up, an Innocence song and an Experience song deliberately written to compare and ...
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Does this passage in “I Am a Cat” reference a real Western novel?

In Chapter 2 of I Am a Cat (full text of this and preceding chapters available here), the cat makes reference to a particular "western novel" in order to draw an analogy with his master: “Ah, and ...
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Do Holmes and Challenger coinhabit the same fictional world?

Doyle published The Lost World well after both killing off and reviving Sherlock Holmes. He wrote about Professor Challenger and Holmes concurrently for about fourteen years, and continued to write ...
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What is the role of Jane Eyre in The Cider House Rules?

In The Cider House Rules, Jane Eyre and several works by Charles Dickens (such as David Copperfield and The Great Expectations) are repeatedly mentioned and cited. One of the roles of David ...
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Is there strong evidence that “room 5” in V for Vendetta was a conscious reference to Room 101?

In 1984, Room 101 is where people are taken to meet their worst fears. In V for Vendetta, room 5 is the room that V is kept in at Larkhill. Since it is labeled with the Roman numeral "V", it is ...
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Was Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum at all inspired by A Predicament?

Poe's satirical short story A Predicament tells the story of a woman who is slowly decapitated by the minute hand of a large cathedral clock. In all its ridiculous, it was supposed to be a horror ...
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Are the different mythological series by Rick Riordan set in the same universe?

Rick Riordan is the author of many series of fictional works about mythology. These include: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Kane Chronicles, the book set Demigods and ...
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Why does Miss Havisham drive fast cars?

In Jasper Fforde's "book world," Miss Havisham is a speed demon who races cars with Mr. Toad. This seems... out of character, based on my understanding of her. Is it just funny because it's ...
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Do any of J. D. Salinger's short stories share locations or characters?

J. D. Salinger is a well-known 20th century author, most notably of Catcher in the Rye. He was fairly prolific, writing many stories. Do any of these stories share the same universe?
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Would a reader of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea miss anything essential without knowing about Jane Eyre?

I read Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea without ever having heard of Jane Eyre. I didn't see even it was a prequel to another work, because I try to avoid spoilers on the back of the book. What, if ...
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What are the Stephen King connections in The Dark Tower series?

There's plenty of connections to King's other works in The Dark Tower. Most notably Salem's Lot. What other connections are there, no matter how big or small?
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Are the Goosebumps books connected in any way?

In the Goosebumps series, are any of the books, except for the sequels, connected to each other? I.e. characters appearing in another book. For instance, if Slappy the dummy appeared in the book ...
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How many of Poe's stories are interconnected?

I'm currently (slowly!) working through the complete works of Edgar Allan Poe. Three of his stories are detective tales featuring Dupin, a possible inspiration for the more famous fictional detective ...