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Armelle Parey, Isabelle Roblin et Emilie Walezak
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Antonia Susan Byatt
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A. S. Byatt is an internationally acclaimed English author, mostly known as a novelist, particularly with the Booker Prize winner Possession in 1990. However, she is also a prolific short fiction writer even though, contrary to many others (like Kate Atkinson and Ian McEwan for instance), she did not start her literary career with short stories but came to the genre later. In addition to her critical work on the early novels of Iris Murdoch, she had indeed published four novels and established her reputation by the time she published Sugar and Other Stories in 1987. She then went on to write another four collections of short stories—The Matisse Stories (1993), The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye (1994), Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice (1998), Little Black Book of Stories (2003)—as well as novellas, novels and essays over the following thirty years. In 2021, a selection of these stories was re-published in an anthology entitled Medusa’s Ankles, along with the more recent “Sea Stor...

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Armelle Parey, Isabelle Roblin et Emilie Walezak, « Introduction »Journal of the Short Story in English, 76 | 2021, 15-21.

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Armelle Parey, Isabelle Roblin et Emilie Walezak, « Introduction »Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 76 | Spring 2021, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2023, consulté le 06 décembre 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/3434

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Armelle Parey

Armelle Parey is a senior lecturer at the Université de Caen-Normandie in France. Her interests include narrative endings, memory and rewritings of the past in contemporary English-speaking fiction and in adaptation. She has written numerous articles and co-directed several collections of essays or special issues on the question of endings. She recently edited Prequels, Coquels and Sequels in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction (Routledge, 2019) and co-edited A. S. Byatt, Before and After Possession: Recent Critical Approaches (PU de Nancy – Éditions Universitaires de Lorraine, 2018), as well as Adapting Endings from Book to Screen (Routledge, 2020). Her monograph on Kate Atkinson’s fiction is to be published with Manchester University Press.

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Isabelle Roblin

Isabelle Roblin is an associate professor emerita at the Université du Littoral-Côte d’Opale, specialising in contemporary British literature, and has published many articles on Graham Swift, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, A. S Byatt and Ian McEwan among others. She has been working at the same time on the literary and filmic adaptations of novels, writing for example articles on Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Winston Groom’s Forrest Gump and Harold Pinter’s screenplays of McEwan’s The Comfort of Strangers and L. H. Hartley’s The Go-Between. In 2011, she published a critical study of all of Harold Pinter’s screenplays entitled Harold Pinter: la liberté artistique et ses limites.

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Emilie Walezak

Emilie Walezak is a professor of contemporary British literature at Nantes Université. A specialist of contemporary British women’s writing, she has devoted articles to the works of Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt, Sarah Hall, Rose Tremain and Jeanette Winterson. She is the author of Rose Tremain: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and Rethinking Contemporary British Women’s Writing: Realism, Feminism, Materialism (Bloomsbury, 2021).

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