To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signified, to close the writing.
“The Death of the Author” - Roland Barthes
It is not true that works are created by their authors. Works are created by works, texts are created by texts, all together they speak to each other independently of the intentions of their authors.
“Casablanca: Cult Movies and Intertextual Collage” - Umberto Eco
Kristeva coined the word ‘Intertextuality’ in an article which aimed at introducing the work of Mikhail Bakhtin in France. For this reason, intertextuality was first used with reference to what Bakhtin calls the dialogic aspect of language, which “foregrounds class, ideological and other conflicts, divisions and hierarchies within society.” Bakhtin lays the emphasis on the otherness of language, on its internal stratification, on what he calls polyphony, or heteroglossia – the coexistence and interplay of several types of discourse reflecting the social or class dialects and the different generations and age groups of society. For Bakhtin “the life of the word is contained in its transfer from one mouth to another, from one context to another context, from one social collective to another.”
“Intertextuality in Theory and Practice” - Adolphe Haberer