A. S. Byatt World Literature Analysis - Essay

A. S. Byatt World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Byatt’s fiction frequently depicts conflicts, sometimes violent, between siblings, spouses, or parents and their children. These episodes have been interpreted autobiographically by many critics. In particular, her first two novels, Shadow of a Sun and The Game, portray female characters suffocated by the aura of jealous competition exuded by the powerful male personalities who dominate them. Her latter work also explores the sibling rivalry that develops when two sisters enjoy varying degrees of success in their literary careers. While these plotlines may or may not have arisen from her personal experience, when developed with Byatt’s subtlety and grace, they suggest broader literary themes beyond mere...

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