THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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A.S. Byatt Literary Criticism

Possession

An essay by Merja Polvinen on Byatt's Booker prize-winning novel. Polvinen sets out to discuss Possession as a realisation of the author's theories on self-conscious realism, discussing many aspects of the book and featuring several close readings.
In this paper Stephen Dondershine discusses the role of colour in Byatt's novel; particularly as a device for conveying symbolic relationships within the narrative.

The Game

An essay by Jane Silvey looking at the influence Angria - the fantasy world of the Brontë sisters - exerted over the protagonists of Byatt's novel.

Angels and Insects

An essay by June Sturrock exploring various aspects of this novel.

A Whistling Woman

An in-depth review of the novel by Lorraine Adams for The New Republic.