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A.S. ByattCritical Storytelling$
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Alexa Alfer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066528

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066528.001.0001

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

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

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A.S. Byatt
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Alexa Alfer

Amy J. Edwards de Campos

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719066528.003.0002

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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