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Journal #8: Free-response In Jonathan Gray’s “Introduction,” he speaks of the definition of intertextuality. Gray explains that there are many definitions of this term, because there are many aspects to it. His working definition of intertextuality is “the fundamental and inescapable interdependence of all textual meaning upon the structures of meaning proposed by other texts.” This basically is a combination of all different types of text used to define a single one. Gray goes on to explain that although parody has been overused and, thus, is probably one of the least-respected art form, it is still a powerful and alive form of intertextuality. Parodies are able to invade other texts and forms of art from within, and exposing them for what they truly are. With parody, one can teach Calculus with the Mona Lisa, theoretically. However, Gray also points out that there have not been many accounts of intertextuality and parody regarding other forms of media, possibly because the media did not challenge itself.
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