One of the primary objectives of comparative literature is the study of the relationship of texts, also known as intertextuality, which is a means of contextualizing and analyzing the way literature grows and flourishes through inspiration and imitation, direct or indirect. When the inspiration and imitation is direct and obvious, the study of this rapport falls into the more restricted category of hypertextuality. What the author has labeled a cryptic subtext, however, is an extreme case of hypertextuality. It involves a series of allusions to another text that have been deliberately inserted by the author into the primary text as potential points of reference. This book takes a deep dive into a broad array of literature and film to explore these allusions and the hidden messages therein.

chapter |21 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

Provocative Reinterpretations

chapter 2|35 pages

Myth and Message in Four Linked Texts

chapter 3|19 pages

Proust’s Cryptic Mass as Buried Treasure

chapter 4|40 pages

Cryptic Platonic Subtexts

chapter 5|34 pages

Three Modernist Cryptic Subtexts

chapter 6|24 pages

Behind the Camera