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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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In response, she produced one of the ur-texts of the modern American libertarian movement, 1943's The Discovery of Freedom, a song of praise to human growth and political liberty's role in furthering it.
Turning the pages of this play that's nearly a century old feels like discovering one of the genre's ur-texts. One can pick out a handful of themes already commonplaces in contemporary sci-fi: machines made to appear and act human-like; technological advancement that dehumanizes; freedom from work that in turn enslaves; man taking on God-like power and being punished for it; machines that turn on their human masters; machines or human-machine hybrids achieving consciousness so as to be indistinguishable from humans.
Clementi asserts that Anne Frank's writings--The Diary of a Young Girl (1993) and Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex (2003)--are ur-texts, containing all the themes invoked by the other daughters.
Rising from an early grave of negative pre-release publicity, director Marc Forster and producer-star Brad Pitt's much-maligned World War Z emerges as a surprisingly smart, gripping and imaginative addition to the zombie-movie canon, owing as much to scientific disaster movies like The China Syndrome and Contagion as it does to undead ur-texts like the collected works of George Romero.
Voelz argues that Emerson--and perhaps by implication, many canonical nineteenth-century texts--need not be read as the Ur-texts of an inherently imprisoning social order.
Ample space is dedicated to the ur-texts of Italian American women literature, Helen Barolini's Umbertina and Tina De Rosa's Paper Fish; she then touches on the works of Carol Maso, Louise DeSalvo, Maria Mazzotti Gillian, Maria Laurino, and many others, including filmmakers such as Kym Ragusa and Nancy Savoca.
Read with these preoccupations, there are few more contemporary texts than Beowulf, Ovid's Metamorphoses, or even those Ur-texts of European culture, the Socratic dialogues as told by Plato.
On a social level, musicals provided my earliest political education: They were my crucial Ur-texts delineating social relations.
Unmistakable linguistic differences among pre-imperial texts, observed by Karlgren, Dobson, and others, strongly suggest that at least certain Ur-texts had been produced at a fixable time and space, and while these Ur-texts were later edited and modified, their role as the milestones in the development of pre-imperial discourse cannot be easily dismissed.
These pages also, incredibly, reproduce textual variants from the typescripts and manuscripts, which allow readers not only to follow Faulkner's revisions as he composed and to reconstruct various ur-texts of any passages whose geneses are of interest.
Are you familiar with work on "Brady Bunch dream sequences as ur-texts of neopostphallocentric surrealist theory?
This account of a political culture which for 150 years preferred to |delete the Interregnum from the script of Irish history' rather than to wallow in its memory is indeed an important contribution, as is Barnard's contextualisation of the circumstances in which the ur-texts of seventeenth-century Irish historiography came to be written.
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Shakespeare's Life and Times are best viewed as Ur-texts in the new field of multimedia publishing offering a suggestion of more sophisticated applications of new technologies to come.
Writing with an Accent devotes a chapter each to two novels that have become classics--or "ur-texts"--within the Italian American literary community: Helen Barolini's Umbertina (1979), the story of three generations of Italian and American women, and Tina De Rosa's Paper Fish (1980), a kind of proto-modernist retelling of immigration stories and urban life.
The Trilogy dwells on the body and its functions, drawing on three Ur-texts of the narrative canon to set up analogies between an unconstrained art of storytelling (verbal and visual), an unalienated society, and an 'authentic' sexuality.