Synopses & Reviews
A. S. Byatt is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed contemporary writers. This new study provides a lively and detailed exploration of her fiction and non-fiction, and examines Byatt's work in the light of postmodern concerns with language, narrative and self-referentiality.
Ideal for students and general readers alike, A. S. Byatt features:
- a supporting timeline of key dates
- biographical and cultural analysis of key texts such as Possession and the recent The Children's Book- discussion of the full range of Byatt's literary output, including her novels, short stories and critical writings
- a survey of selected landmark interviews
- a comprehensive overview of the critical reception of Byatt's work.
'Boccardi offers a compact yet comprehensive introduction to Byatt's work and succinctly situates Byatt's long career within major critical debates and existing scholarship.' - Stephanie Harzewski, University of Pennsylvania, USA
About the Author
MARIADELE BOCCARDI is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of the West of England, UK. She is the author of The Contemporary British Historical Noveal: Representation, Nation, Empire (Palgrave, 2009) and has presented several papers on Byatt at international conferences.
Table of Contents
General Editors' Preface
PART I: INTRODUCTION
Introduction: A. S. Byatt - A 'New' British Novelist?
A Resistance to Biographical Readings: The Shadow of the Sun (1964) and The Game (1967)
PART II: MAJOR WORKS
Chronicles of Post-war England: The Virgin in the Garden (1978), Still Life (1985), Babel Tower (1996) and A Whistling Woman (2002)
Victorian Echoes: Possession: A Romance (1990), Angels and Insects (1992) and The Biographer's Tale (2000)
Colours, Textures and Narrative Patterns: A. S. Byatt's Short Stories Collections
The Inexorable Movement of History: The Children's Book (2009)
PART III: CRITICISM AND CONTEXT
A Survey of Landmark Interviews