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In Section 2, I made a distinction between four categories of inter--or hypertextual adaptation: intrageneric, transgeneric, faction and mosaical. (i) It might appear as if a comparison between Euripides and Golding does not leave room for the first of these categories, since the two authors specialise in different genres.
Eliot's model of cultural diversity may be called "mosaical"--it proposes autogenerated and self-defined cultural units on the smallest scale, which combine and interact to form an ever larger picture of culture.
The first to map this terrain in a comprehensive (if mosaical) way was, of course, Marshall McLuhan in The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Topographic Man (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962).