Metaphors of Patriarchy in the Context of Intertextuality: Rereading To the Lighthouse

Jingrui HUI


This paper rereads To the Lighthouse from the viewpoint of intertextuality. It takes the classical fairytale The Fisherman and His Wife by Brothers Grimm as a breakthrough point and tries to reestablish the relationship between the two texts. It introduces the theory of intertextuality and tries to find out how the two texts (the tale and the novel) intertextualize with each other. In the meanwhile, the metaphors of patriarchy are pointed out in the context of intertextuality.


To the Lighthouse; The fairytale; Intertextuality; Patriarchy

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