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# Q. Masterpieces of literature are intertextual ; that is,

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Q. Masterpieces of literature are “intertextual”; 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.

Guys I could home down to the OA but left it just with a thought that it is an assumption which make the above argument valid and therefore I chose C.

Guys plz provide ans with explanation
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13 Aug 2011, 11:32
C is out of scope. It talks about non intertextual works. D stays in the realm of intertextual and thus is a better choice.

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Ravi..

frankly this is one of the most common traps gmat sets for its takers. so every time you see something like this, think about it and ensure u dont fall for it

the passage states an intertextual means DEFINATELY written in response to some one else's literature. but non intertextual DOES NOT NECESSARILY mean that there could be no relationships with other works.

Thats where C falters... it says

if inter textual -- > works are related ( one is written in response to another)
if not ---> The works are not related.

here is an example.

lets say u designed a concept 2+2 =4
if i say 2+2 is not 4 but 2+2 = 5 then thats intertextual

but if i state a new theory that 2+2 + 4 = 4+ 4 = 8
i am not creating a work in response to yours (im not conflicting your statements) but at the same time i am using SOME of your concepts.. some of celly's concepts maybe, some my own and then im creating a new one altogether.

so C misses out on this kind of possibility

D echoes the last sentence in the CR nicely. hope this helps.

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14 Aug 2011, 06:55
viks4gmat wrote:
Ravi..

frankly this is one of the most common traps gmat sets for its takers. so every time you see something like this, think about it and ensure u dont fall for it

the passage states an intertextual means DEFINATELY written in response to some one else's literature. but non intertextual DOES NOT NECESSARILY mean that there could be no relationships with other works.

Thats where C falters... it says

if inter textual -- > works are related ( one is written in response to another)
if not ---> The works are not related.

here is an example.

lets say u designed a concept 2+2 =4
if i say 2+2 is not 4 but 2+2 = 5 then thats intertextual

but if i state a new theory that 2+2 + 4 = 4+ 4 = 8
i am not creating a work in response to yours (im not conflicting your statements) but at the same time i am using SOME of your concepts.. some of celly's concepts maybe, some my own and then im creating a new one altogether.

so C misses out on this kind of possibility

D echoes the last sentence in the CR nicely. hope this helps.

awesome Viks4gmat.....thanx buddy for such a nice explanation.
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14 Aug 2011, 16:37
+1 D
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23 Aug 2011, 23:19
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C is out of scope. It talks about non intertextual works. D stays in the realm of intertextual and thus is a better choice.

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23 Aug 2011, 23:20
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+1 D

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15 Sep 2011, 11:19
C is definitely wrong..But can any one explain how D can be the answer..Still not getting it..

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15 Sep 2011, 23:04
I think D

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16 Sep 2011, 01:46
D is the asnwer as it is restates the last line of the argument
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16 Sep 2011, 16:06
I picked B but I see why D is correct.

Conclusion: "Masterpieces of literature are “intertextual”"
Premise: "To the extent that a writing is intertextual, it becomes clouded as a mirror of social reality."

Therefore: Masterpieces can be consider a mirror of social reality.

Option D: "Literary masterpieces of the past are suspect as sources of information about the social reality of the past."

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16 Sep 2011, 19:28
I guessed D on this. Although did some eliminations.

Would have definitely guessed this one on actual GMAT. Tough to understand the language used.

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Re: Q. Masterpieces of literature are intertextual ; that is, [#permalink]

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27 Oct 2013, 04:09
In choice "D", does "suspect as sources of information about the social reality of the past" mean that they are bad sources of information to mirror social reality of the past? if that's the case then I understand why D is the correct answer. But perhaps it could've been written in a clearer way to clarify the meaning of "suspect as sources of information"
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