|Alternative Title||An Intertextual Reading of Possession: Parody and Allusion
|Place of Conferral||兰州
|Other Abstract||A.S. Byatt (1936- ) is an important novelist and critic in contemporary British literary world. She is credited with being a novelist of ideas together with Iris Murdoch and Doris Lessing for the wise and intellectual characteristics of her novels. In 1990, A.S. Byatt released Possession: A Romance, winning the prestigious Booker Prize for that year. The novel became a best-seller in England and America immediately after its publication.
Possession is a multi-layered novel that bears many of the hallmarks of a contemporary postmodern novel, such as self-reflexivity and intertextuality. Byatt skillfully employs the intertextual strategy in writing this novel, inheriting and subverting the literary past, meanwhile demonstrating some major themes of the novel.
This thesis aims at an intertextual reading of Possession by employing parody and allusion, the two of the most important intertextual techniques, in order to display the high artistry and in-depth meaning of the novel, thus providing the readers with a fresh interpretation and appreciation of the novel.
Through the intertextual reading, the thesis comes to the conclusion that as far as criticism is concerned, no text is existent in isolation; the intertextual reading of literary works can help to promote the readers’ understanding of the texts through their relations and comparisons with other previous works. Intertextuality has a great epistemological value. It is a creative and also a critical method in postmodern literature.|
张珮. 《占有》的互文性解读：戏仿和影射[D]. 兰州. 兰州大学,2009.
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