Possessed by desire: A.S. Byatt's Possession and its location in postmodernism

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dc.contributor.author Arthur, Susan Margaret
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-09T11:44:44Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-09T11:44:44Z
dc.date.issued 2009-03-09T11:44:44Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/6645
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT This research report explores A. S Byatt’s ambivalent relationship to postmodernism through a critical engagement with two of her recent novels, Possession and The Biographer’s Tale. Both use the techniques, while simultaneously constituting a critique, of postmodernism. The novels challenge postmodernism, indicating Byatt’s misgivings about the continuing suitability of this mode of literary representation. Possession is examined in detail, while The Biographer’s Tale is used to provide a backdrop to the discussion of Byatt’s viewpoints. Possession is a pastiche of styles, incorporating some of Byatt’s favourite literary forms. Postmodernism allows this experimentation but disregards qualities the author values highly, such as a celebration of traditional literature and the emotional affectiveness of history. Possession considers the positive and negative aspects of the literary movement. This thesis examines Byatt’s negotiation with postmodernism and the contribution of her critical attitude towards the success of Possession. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Possession en
dc.subject A.S. Byatt en
dc.subject post modernism en
dc.title Possessed by desire: A.S. Byatt's Possession and its location in postmodernism en
dc.type Thesis en

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