The structure of this book covers three successive stages which seem necessary for a comprehensive treatment of the subject-matter. Stage I deals with the foundations of intertextual theory and hence is concerned with its axioms, concepts, and methods of analysis. Stage II presents various components of an intertextual morphology which in its entirety forms a classificatory system allocating each intertextual constituent, ecriture or genre its exact structural position. Stage III highlights selected aspects of a (yet unwritten) his tory of intertextuality. The individual contributions to each of these stages attempt, each from its specific point of view, to consider already known facts in a new light or to open up innovative dimensions of critical insight. They thus provide stimuli for further intertextual activities.