The dark side of the tale: <i>The Children's Book</i>, <i>The Biographer's Tale</i> and <i>Angels and Insects</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:
The dark side of the tale: The Children's Book, The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects

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This chapter explores Byatt's concern with the ‘thinginess’ of human existence over and against the fantasy worlds provided by the fairytale form. It draws parallels between The Children's Book and some of Byatt's slightly earlier fictions, such as The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects. This chapter provides a glimpse into a curiously un-novelistic and anti-individualistic ethos and notes that these three texts give the reader powerful images of humans as types, composites, or mere representatives of a species.

Keywords: thinginess; human existence; fantasy worlds; fairytale form; ethos; representatives

Chapter.  9082 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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