A real newbie pomo question

Marcy Bauman (marcyb@UMD.UMICH.EDU)
Sun, 20 Oct 1996 12:49:07 -0400

Hey, Bob, before you go . . . and anyone else who's interested: I have
what I classify as a Real Dumb Question (meaning, I should know this, but
. . . )

I want to do some reading about the nature of "text." Basically, I was
alive while people like Foucault and Derrida and so on were talking about
intertextuality and the fluidiity of text boundaries and stuff, but I
came at those ideas through reader-response criticism and English
Education (where they speak _much_ more plainly, IMO). But I think I
need to know the pomo theorists, too . . .

So, how did we get from the notion that there's a fixed text to the
notion that texts talk to other texts, to the notion that text boundaries
are downright porous? What's your favorite article/book/ theorist on
this question?


Marcy Bauman
Writing Program, University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, MI 48128
fax: 313-593-5552