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A.S. Byatt: Critical Storytelling

Alexa Alfer

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066528
eISBN:
9781781701751
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066528.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This comprehensive study of A. S. Byatt's work spans virtually her entire career and offers readings of all of her works of fiction up to and including her Man-Booker-shortlisted novel The Children's ... More


After‐Lives: Postmodern Experiments in Meta‐Auto/biografiction: Sartre, Nabokov, Lessing, Byatt

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This shorter chapter is a coda considering the afterlife of modernism's engagements with life‐writings covered in Part II. It begins by sketching how the ideas traced in this study of imaginary ... More


A Whole World in Your Head: Rereading the Landscape of Absence

Mary Jacobus

in Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184348
eISBN:
9780191674211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184348.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

A. S. Byatt's reflection in her co-authored book Imagining Characters was found to be provoking even if she had not been a novelist. ‘Reflecting’ on the book may either mean thinking about a novel as ... More


Introduction

Alexa Alfer and Amy J. Edwards de Campos

in A.S. Byatt: Critical Storytelling

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066528
eISBN:
9781781701751
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066528.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This introductory chapter discusses A. S. Byatt, a writer with a personal and intellectual dislike of literary criticism that places a heavy emphasis on a writer's life. It first provides some ... More


Historical Fictions – Pastiche, Politics and Pleasure

Cora Kaplan

in Victoriana - Histories, Fictions, Criticism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748611478
eISBN:
9780748651627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611478.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses the middlebrow Victoriana, which depends neither on intrusive authorial presence nor on over-elaborate imitation. It covers the shifting history, politics and aesthetics of ... More


Gender and Cultural Memory in A. S. Byatt’s “Jael”

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter analyzes A. S. Byatt’s short story “Jael,” from her collection Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice. The story evokes the Jael-Sisera tradition to develop several themes including the ... More


Critical Histories:

David Kennedy and Christine Kennedy

in Women's Experimental Poetry in Britain 1970-2010: Body, Time and Locale

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319778
eISBN:
9781781381106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319778.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines critical approaches to women’s experimental poetry in Britain. More specifically, it considers how critics discuss women’s poetry in Britain in relation to feminism. The chapter ... More


Old Tales in New Forms: Reflections on a Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter highlights the main trajectories of the book by tracing the movement of Jael and Sisera from ancient Israel to contemporary queer theory. It also explores the use relationship of story to ... More


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