We understand what things mean in reference to things that we have seen before.
We can see references made intentionally if we have a shared background of references.
But our unique collection of references can also lead us to whole new conversations and interpretations.
Intertextuality is one of my favourite ways of tracking meaning in a particular work – be it dance or writing – and opens up ways for linking ideas across time and mediums. Films are particularly big on making intertextual references, as this collection from Pixar will prove:
Intertextuality Reading List
Janet (Adshead) Lansdale: Dancing Texts: Intertextuality in Interpretation (well-written dance text)
… in fact most of the other texts I want to recommend are by Lansdale. Folks outside of dance, do you have any recommendations from your field?