Alexa Alfer and Amy J. Edwards de Campos

in A.S. Byatt

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780719066528
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701751 | DOI:

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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 background information on Byatt's early career as a writer and her debut novel, Shadow of a Sun. It studies her commitment to the mutually informative discourses of fiction and literary criticism and her popular reimaginings of the Victorian past. This chapter also studies some of Byatt's novels, which are discussed in detail in the following chapters.

Keywords: A. S. Byatt; literary criticism; writer's life; Shadow of a Sun; informative discourse; fiction; reimaginings; Victorian past

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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