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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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Any one telling of the VJ is not a variant of some static ur-text from which it and all other versions diverge.
His most famous book would widely be declared "prophetic" and become a sort of ur-text for popular understanding of the social forces that led to 9/11; at the time it seemed as if every fifth person walking around New York was carrying a copy.
The ur-text in Clotilde Landais's contribution is Alice in Wonderland and the filtering metafictional text is Aliss by Patrick Senecal, using Gerard Genette's concept of the metalepsis, which is parallel with his time-jumping concepts of prolepsis and analepsis but involves not merely shifting the narrative backward or forward but out of the narrative timeline entirely.
But by demonstrating that there are embellishments in the ur-text of the rebel slave's life and by doing a survey of a wide range of works about Turner, Watts clarifies why it is impossible to get an accurate representation of the historical figure.
Many would say that David Sylvester's collected interviews with Francis Bacon form the ur-text of the modern art interview.
Instead his aim is to show how the ur-text of biopower and bare life (the holocaust) operated within the same ocean as settler colonialism, chattel slavery and the middle passage.
One of the many values of Illusions in Motion is Huhtamo's articulation of historical and cultural contexts for now-familiar aspects of media history, such as the topos of the naive spectator--the ur-text for which, at least in film studies, is Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show--and the aesthetics of mobile spectatorship, including how different modalities of walking and vehicular perception became models for new forms of media.
The author moves away from comedy in her fourth chapter and focuses on Hamlet, which she refers to as the "ur-text of baroque metatheater" (117) and lauds as one of the most important precursors to neobaroque metatheater.
Most obviously, it is the first comprehensive classroom anthology finally to do away with the artificial play cycle, in which individual episodes from the York, Towneley, N-Town, and Chester plays are spliced together to create the illusion of a lost ur-text: a practice that was standard in such anthologies at least since Adams's Chief Pre-Shakespearean Dramas (1924).
More often than not, as in this story's ur-text, H.
He presents a history of the reception of the Greek translation of 1 Esdras, the text that was used in an actual community of faith, as opposed to some theoretical ur-text devoid of versions or witnesses.
Rubinelli dismisses theories suggesting that Cicero's Topica transmitted the ideas found in a lost Academic, Peripatetic, or Stoic text--such theories generally lack the supporting or corroborating support of an Ur-text. Addressing the question of the provenance of Cicero's list of topics, she concludes that "his list derives from a selection of strategies from B 23" (141).
One unspoken yet defining characteristic of Detweiler's book is that he and the IMDb fans know their films so well that they respond to them within a canonical contexture, an ur-text woven out of highly meaningful film fragments.