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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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Two cultures: Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman

Two cultures: Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman

(p.63) 4 Two cultures: Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman
A.S. Byatt

Alexa Alfer

Amy J. Edwards de Campos

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the formal and thematic (dis)continuities between the earlier and later Quartet novels. It studies the prism of Byatt's involvement with modern notions of the breakdown and fragmentation of language in Babel Tower and her fictional considerations of the narratives of science in A Whistling Woman. This chapter determines that her later fictions usually study the conceptual pitfalls and possibilities of ways of world-making across the ‘Two Cultures’ divide.

Keywords:   (dis)continuities, Quartet novels, fragmentation of language, fictional considerations, narratives of science, world-making, Two Cultures divide

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