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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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Writing the contemporary: The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life

Writing the contemporary: The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life

(p.36) 3 Writing the contemporary: The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life
A.S. Byatt

Alexa Alfer

Amy J. Edwards de Campos

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the ‘greed’ for reading and the notion of co-creative reading. It studies Byatt's engagement with realism, the premises, possibilities, pitfalls and puzzlement that are explored by the first two Quartet novels in terms of highly original fictional inquiries. This chapter determines that Byatt's fictional probings of realism's problems are informed by the notion that an acknowledgement of the constructed nature of human thought does not necessarily come before the existence of objective realities.

Keywords:   greed for reading, co-creative reading, realism, Quartet novels, fictional inquiries, fictional probing, constructed nature, human thought, objective realities

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