Kate Atkinson

By Armelle Parey

Kate Atkinson
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  • Price: £80.00
  • ISBN: 9781526148520
  • Publish Date: Nov 2022
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781526148513
  • Publish Date: Nov 2022
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    This timely in-depth study of award-winning Kate Atkinson's work provides a welcome comprehensive overview of the novels, play and short stories. It explores the major themes and aesthetic concerns in her fiction. Combining close analysis and literary contextualisation, it situates her multi-faceted work in terms of a hybridisation of genres and innovative narrative strategies to evoke contemporary issues and well as the past. Chapters offer insights into each major publication (from Behind the Scenes at the Museum to Big Sky, the latest instalment in the Brodie sequence, through the celebrated Life After Life and subsequent re-imaginings of the war) in relation to the key concerns of Atkinson's fiction, including self-narrativisation, history, memory and women's lives.


    1 Kate Atkinson's aesthetics of hybridity
    2 Coming-of-age novels: Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird
    3 Forays into other genres: theatre and short stories
    4 Defamiliarising detective fiction with Jackson Brodie: Case Histories, One Good Turn, When will There be Good News?, Started Early, Took my Dog and Big Sky
    5 Re-imagining the war in Life after Life (2013), A God in Ruins (2015) and Transcription
    6 Of endings



    Armelle Parey is a Senior Lecturer at the Université de Caen-Normandie

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