Found it!

Todorov, Literature and Signification, quoted in Jameson, The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism (1972, Princeton):

Every work, every novel, tells through its fabric of events the story of its own creation, its own history… The meaning of a work lies in its telling of itself, its speaking of its own existence.

I’ve been reading Carol Clover’s work on horror film, especially the chapter on the eye and the I, and I couldn’t quite place the central theoretical frame she was writing from. Here’s the glue that holds my essay on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre together!

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