© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

CHECK OUT SHMOOP'S FREE STUDY TOOLS: Essay Lab | Math Shack | Videos

Literature Glossary

Don’t be an oxymoron. Know your literary terms.

Over 200 literary terms, Shmooped to perfection.



People have conversations with each other, so why can't books?

Intertextuality is a conversation between books. Intertextual books reference other pieces of writing, and use those references to make meaning. Have a look at our discussion of intertextuality in Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me for more.

But intertextuality isn't just for books, so keep a weather eye out for it when you're watching your next episode of Community.