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By L. Steveker

This ebook offers cutting edge readings of the major texts of A.S. Byatt's oeuvre via analysing the negotiations of person identification, cultural reminiscence, and literature which tell Byatt's novels. Steveker explores the strategies of identification built within the novels, exhibiting them to be deeply rooted in British literary historical past and cultural reminiscence.

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Like The Biographer’s Tale, Possession also includes moments of transdifference caused by the multi-generic structure of its intertextual depository. The first is to be found when the novel moves from Chapter 14 to Chapter 15. Here, the text abruptly jumps from figural narration to Victorian omniscient narration, leaving its readers to adjust to the altered narrative situation in which they find themselves. Linked to this switch of narrative perspectives is a change of time frames, which does not instantly become clear.

Byatt depends. 8 Ansgar Nünning’s critical work is of particular relevance within the context of constructivist criticism of biographic metafiction. 201) is only of limited use,9 he was the first to identify the characteristic elements of biographic metafiction. 24). Indeed, Byatt’s novels Possession and The Biographer’s Tale include all of these elements. Each text features several aesthetical self-reflections, which draw the reader’s attention to the novel’s status as a fictional text. 425), thus overtly commenting upon its own fictionality and its formal structure.

S. 83), which leads Roland and Maud to discover the poets’ secret love affair. The drafted letter found by Roland and the poem unravelled by Maud symbolize the postmodern notion that the past can only be accessed through whatever textual evidence remains of it. It is through these texts alone that Maud and Roland can approach a past that is otherwise closed to them. 12 Planning to write the biography of the biographer Scholes Destry-Scholes, he comes to realize that he has to cope with a total lack of verifiable biographical data.

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