Fathers, sisters and the anxiety of influence: <i>The Shadow of the Sun</i> and <i>The Game</i>

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:
Fathers, sisters and the anxiety of influence: The Shadow of the Sun and The Game

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This chapter focuses on the early intersections of Byatt's fiction with both modern debates on the novel and the continuing relationship of mid-twentieth-century literature with the Romantic legacy. It provides readings of The Shadow of the Sun and The Game, which indicate Byatt's life long project of ‘critical storytelling’. It is a practice of storytelling that does not separate the literary from the critical imagination, but instead aims at a deliberate and thoughtful combination of the two ways of seeing and describing the world.

Keywords: modern debates; Romantic legacy; critical storytelling; critical imagination

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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