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.
MARIADELE BOCCARDI is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of the West of England, UK. Her publications include The Contemporary British Historical Novel: Representation, Nation, Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
General Editors' Preface Acknowledgements PART I: INTRODUCTION Timeline 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 Other Writings Critical Reception Bibliography Index
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