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LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Possession
By A.S. Byatt

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.