Masterpieces of literature are тАЬintertextualтАЭ; that is, they tend to be written in response not to reality but to to other works of literature. To the extent that a writing is intertextual, it becomes clouded as a mirror of social reality.
The statements above provide the most aupport for which of the following conclusions?
a. To the extent that a writing fails to mirror social reality, the writing is intertextual.
b. The author who wishes to write a masterpiece should avoid being influenced by other works of literature.
c. A writing that is not intertextual can have no significant relationship to any other writings.
d. Literary masterpieces of the past are suspect as sources of information about the social reality of the past.
e. A work of literature is not intertextual if it is written in response to a writing that accurately mirrors social reality.