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urtext

The foundation, origin, or roots of something, especially an artistic work or cultural phenomenon; the original source or inspiration for many similar or related things that followed it. The term was originally applied to the earliest versions of scriptures, literary works, and musical compositions, but it is now used more broadly. I think "The Catcher in the Rye" can be seen as the urtext for the many novels about disillusioned teens that followed it. The urtext of the movement seems to be a speech he gave 10 years ago.
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"Can Sex Make Us Happy?" is an enlightening reading of Civilization and Its Discontents, an Ur text for Bersani, which makes Freud seem at once human and permanently relevant.
UR Text 2006 and the Eyes Don't see Itself by Mark Titchner; and Purification by Bathelemy Toguo
Think ur text idea is great 2 give people a chance 2 say what they want and how they feel about certain issues.
Our relation with the stars is constitutionally nonreciprocated; in King of Comedy--the ur text of the abject fan--we watch in horror as Rupert Pupkin and Sandra Bernhard insist that the Jerry Lewis character return their intimate feelings toward him, having insanely exchanged their mutilated egos for identification with him as their image of wholeness, their ego ideal.
If the Karg-Krebernik hypothesis is correct, this pulls the archaic Ur texts even further away from the Uruk III texts (i.e., those treated by Englund).
In the Ur texts, the "abum of Ur" (there, of course, just called abum) occurs also: UET 3, 244 and 1015.
For this kind of 'broken writing' of the name Ubarum see the OB Ur texts UET 5, 5 V : 45 and UET 5, 24, 5; but cf.