The library as intertext: readers real and fictional

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Title: The library as intertext: readers real and fictional
Author: Meravi, Elizabeth
Advisor: Burshatin, Israel; Quintero, Maria Cristina
Department: Bi-College (Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges). Comparative Literature Program
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: The Library as conceived by Jorge Luis Borges functions as an allegory for the intertext. Through analysis of this allegory in "Magic for Beginners" and "Pretty Monsters," by Kelly Link, and in El beso de la mujer arana, by Manuel Puig, we can investigate how the intertext functions in a modern context, being read by active readers. The intertext takes on new attributes, becoming portable and particular to the reader; it can be all-encompassing, but it does not have to be. The readers in these texts model various types of productive relationships with the intertext, allowing it to be a source of opportunity for multiplicity within the reader and the text alike, allowing for endless possibility rather than endless impossibility.
Subject: Link, Kelly. Pretty monsters
Subject: Reading -- In literature
Subject: Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986. Biblioteca de Babel
Subject: Intertextuality
Subject: Puig, Manuel. Beso de la mujer araña
Subject: Link, Kelly. Magic for beginners
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