A.S. Byatt: Critical Storytelling

Overview

This comprehensive study of A. S. Byatt’s work spans virtually her entire career and offers insightful readings of all of Byatt’s works of fiction up to and including her Man-Booker-shortlisted novel The Children’s Book (2009). The authors combine an accessible overview of Byatt’s œuvre to date with close critical analysis of all her major works. Uniquely, the book also considers Byatt’s critical writings and jourbanalism, situating her beyond the immediate context of her fiction. The authors argue that Byatt is ...

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Overview

This comprehensive study of A. S. Byatt’s work spans virtually her entire career and offers insightful readings of all of Byatt’s works of fiction up to and including her Man-Booker-shortlisted novel The Children’s Book (2009). The authors combine an accessible overview of Byatt’s œuvre to date with close critical analysis of all her major works. Uniquely, the book also considers Byatt’s critical writings and jourbanalism, situating her beyond the immediate context of her fiction. The authors argue that Byatt is not only important as a storyteller, but also as an eminent critic and public intellectual. Advancing the concept of "critical storytelling" as a hallmark of Byatt’s project as a writer, the authors retrace Byatt’s wide-ranging engagement with both literary and critical traditions. This results in positioning Byatt in the wider literary landscape. This book has broad appeal, including fellow researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students, plus general enthusiasts of Byatt’s work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719066535
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexa Alfer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern and Applied Languages at the University of Westminster.

Amy Edwards de Campos completed her doctorate at Worcester College, Oxford, and now works at the University of East London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Fathers, Sisters and the Anxiety of Influence: The Shadow of the Sun and The Game *  Writing the Contemporary: The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life *  Two Cultures: Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman
• Tradition and Transformation: Possession and Fairy Tales
• The Dark Side of the Tale: The Children’s Book, The Biographer’s Tale and Angels and Insects * Critical Storytelling: Peopling the Paper House * Bibliography

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