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Volume 1 Issue 7

December 2014

Intertextuality and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies
Mr. Biswanath Mahapatra, 
Department of English, 
Khatra Adibasi Mahavidyalaya, 
Bankura, West Bengal, India
No literary text can be studied in isolation. It is an automatic unconscious connection. It has been operative in literature through ages, and in which sense every text is an intertext, an echo-chamber or echoic space. Intertextuality is like a dense web of allusion. It is made of readymade formulations, catch phrases, slang, jargon, cliché, commonplaces, unconscious echoes, and formulaic phrases- out of which individual texts are constituted. The connectivity between one text and another has particularly surfaced since the postwar years. It came as the context of postmodern/ postcolonial/ feministic and other emerging discourses and practices. Intertextuality — a term coined by Julia Kristeva in 1966 to denote the interdependence of literary texts; the interdependence of any one literary text with all those that have gone before it. The present paper analyses William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in the light of intertextuality.
Intertextuality; Metatext; William Golding; Lord of the Flies; Ballentyne; The Coral Island.
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