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Tradition and transformation: <i>Possession</i> and fairytales

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719066528.003.0005
Tradition and transformation: Possession and fairytales

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This chapter proposes a reading of Byatt's œeuvre as a continuous series of reimaginings of the art of storytelling and its different (dis)contents. It focuses on Possession and Byatt's interest in the fairytale form. It studies the essentially hermeneutic concept of co-creative reading that Byatt's fictions participate in and also habitually promote. This chapter puts emphasis on a practice of reading that is basically grounded in the use of stories in a culture.

Keywords: œeuvre; reimaginings; storytelling; Possession; fairytale form; co-creative reading; practice of reading

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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