An Investigation of Postmodern Stylistic Elements in William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies


  • Salma Naz PhD Scholar, University of Sindh, Jamshoro
  • Manzoor Hassan Visiting Faculty, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies University of Baltistan, Skardu


Postmodernism, intertextuality, metafiction, parody, magical realism


Postmodern literature is noticeable for different literary style and approaches. For this reason, postmodernist novelists use legendary stylistic practices like intertextuality, metafiction, and parody etc., for uniqueness and diversity. The paper tends to demonstrate the various elements used by William Golding in his novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. Golding was a British prominent novelist, who was awarded Nobel Prize in 1983 for his literary distinctiveness. His novel is about boys who are beached on an unknown island and then they reveal their nature. Some remain civilized while others become brutal. The author has written it in the scenario of World War II. Firstly, this paper attempts to investigate the presence of parody and its playfulness, intertextuality, metafiction, and magical realism in Golding’s novel ‘Lord of the Flies’. Secondly, it further reviews to reveal that how the novelist has involved the reader in the story and impact of his techniques on them.