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Glossary of Literary Theory
by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown


Écriture, the social institution of writing, a heterogeneous collection of texts that interanimate one other (intertextuality) and that cannot be studied as autonomous objects. Textuality is an all-embracing term for the idea that the world itself is nothing but a culturally endorsed system of signs -- of shared codes, conventions, and ideologies -- a textual system whose free play is limitless.

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