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Laminations : nostalgia and the undifferentiated narrator in three novels by A.S.Byatt

McGill University
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  • Byatt
  • A. S. (Antonia Susan)
  • 1936- -- Criticism And Interpretation
  • History


This study focuses on the first three historiographic novels in a projected quartet---The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, and Babel Tower---which historicises what we now refer to as the "crises in representation" that occurred over the late 50s and into the 60s. I trace the figure of the Undifferentiated Narrator, both as it is referred to and read by the characters in the world of the novels, and as it is invoked or broken up by the forms of the narratives themselves.

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