On Histories and Stories: Selected Essays

Vintage, 2001 - 196 pagina's
As novelists become increasingly interested in history as fiction and fiction as history, this study is designed to redraw the map of the boundaries of modern fiction. In her opening essays - Fathers, Forefathers and Ancestors - the author considers the renaissance of the historical novel. She discusses in particular the novel of wartime experience; the surprising variety of distant pasts that British writers have invented; and the new Darwinian novel, stimulated in part by the discovery of DNA. These afford new readings of writers from Elizabeth Bowen and Henry Green to Anthony Burgess, William Golding and Muriel Spark, and other contemporary authors, including Penelope Fitzgerald, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, John Fuller, Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker.

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On histories and stories: selected essays

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In these seven essays, the British novelist Byatt examines many themes: the historical novel as created by 20th-century English writers, the relations between scholarship and the creation of fiction ... Volledige review lezen

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Not used to reading literary criticism but I have long admired AS Byatt. I became totally engrossed in this book and fascinated by many of the writers she cites, some of whom I'm ashamed to say, I ... Volledige review lezen

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Educated at York and Newnham College, Cambridge, she taught at the Central School of Art and Design, and was Senior Lecturer in English at University College, London, before becoming a full-time writer in 1983. She was appointed CBE in 1990 and DBE in 1999.

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