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You are warmly invited to join Dame Antonia Byatt and the authors to celebrate the publication of this new monograph on A S Byatt’s work.

This stimulating and comprehensive study of A S Byatt’s work spans virtually her entire career and offers insightful readings of all of Byatt’s works of fiction up to and including her Man-Booker-shortlisted novel The Children’s Book. The authors combine a clear and accessible overview of Byatt’s oeuvre to date with close critical analysis of all her major works. Uniquely, the book also points beyond the immediate context of Byatt’s fiction by considering her critical writings and journalism alongside her novels and short stories.

What unites the arguments presented in this book is an appreciation of A S Byatt not only as an eminent and influential storyteller of our time, but also as a public intellectual. Advancing the concept of ‘critical storytelling’ as a hallmark of Byatt’s project as a writer, the authors retrace Byatt’s wide-ranging engagement with both literary and critical traditions through analysis of her fiction and by devoting an entire chapter to examining Byatt’s role as critic and cultural commentator. This results in positioning Byatt in the wider intellectual landscape of 20th and 21st century Britain.

Alexa Alfer is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Modern and Applied Languages at the University of Westminster.

Amy Edwards de Campos completed her doctorate at Worcester College, Oxford, and now works at the University of East London.

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