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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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The dark side of the tale: The Children's Book, The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects

The dark side of the tale: The Children's Book, The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects

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(p.116) 6 The dark side of the tale: The Children's Book, The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects
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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/9780719066528.003.0006

This chapter explores Byatt's concern with the ‘thinginess’ of human existence over and against the fantasy worlds provided by the fairytale form. It draws parallels between The Children's Book and some of Byatt's slightly earlier fictions, such as The Biographer's Tale and Angels and Insects. This chapter provides a glimpse into a curiously un-novelistic and anti-individualistic ethos and notes that these three texts give the reader powerful images of humans as types, composites, or mere representatives of a species.

Keywords:   thinginess, human existence, fantasy worlds, fairytale form, ethos, representatives

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