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Title:Stories of Parallel Lives and the Status Anxieties of Contemporary Historicism
Author(s):Underwood, Ted
Subject(s):cultural distinction, historicism, postmodernism, retro style, Arcadia, Possession
Abstract:This article explores the conceit of “parallel lives” that characterized plays, novels, and films of the late 1980s and 1990s (perhaps most famously, A. S. Byatt’s Possession). In this subgenre, threats to cultural distinction turn into fantasies specifically about historical discontinuity, which is both threatened by and rescued by an eerie parallel between historically distinct layers of the narrative.
Issue Date:2004
Publisher:University of California Press
Citation Info:Ted Underwood, "Stories of Parallel Lives and the Status Anxieties of Contemporary Historicism," Representations, Vol. 85, No. 1 (Winter 2004), pp. 1-20.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright Regents of the University of California.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-08-12

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