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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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Tradition and transformation: Possession and fairytales

Tradition and transformation: Possession and fairytales

(p.92) 5 Tradition and transformation: Possession and fairytales
A.S. Byatt

Alexa Alfer

Amy J. Edwards de Campos

Manchester University Press

This chapter proposes a reading of Byatt's œeuvre as a continuous series of reimaginings of the art of storytelling and its different (dis)contents. It focuses on Possession and Byatt's interest in the fairytale form. It studies the essentially hermeneutic concept of co-creative reading that Byatt's fictions participate in and also habitually promote. This chapter puts emphasis on a practice of reading that is basically grounded in the use of stories in a culture.

Keywords:   œeuvre, reimaginings, storytelling, Possession, fairytale form, co-creative reading, practice of reading

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