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Imagining Characters: Six Conversations About Women Writers: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Willa Cather, Iris Murdoch, and Toni Morrison

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In this innovative and wide-ranging book, Byatt and the psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre bring their different sensibilities to bear on six novels they have read and loved: Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, Bronte's Villette, George Elliot's Daniel Deronda, Willa Cather's The Professor's House, Iris Murdoch's An Unofficial Rose, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. The results are nothing le ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 2nd 1997 by Vintage (first published 1995)
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Luciana Darce
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Byatt é professora e autora de romances premiados - Possessão, considerada sua obra-prima, foi um dos melhores volumes que li esse ano - e Sodré é uma psicanalista brasileira que mora há décadas na Inglaterra.

Juntas, elas exploram com profundidade o universo de algumas das mais importantes escritoras da literatura ocidental - de Jane Austen a Toni Morrison - num diálogo despretensioso, mas nem por isso menos crítico.

Li Imaginando Personagens pela primeira vez há quase cinco anos e, à época, dos
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Carol
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent
In October 1992, both A. B. Byatt and Ignes Sodre were attending the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Byatt, known as one of Britian's leading novelists/critic and Sodre, a Brazilian psychoanalyst who practiced in England for the thirty years, conversed over their love of literature and and a deep interest in human development. After each spoke, they thought there might be a possibility of a book. And they worked together to create this work of art. They choose six major texts from different p ...more
Emily
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun -- like listening in on extraordinarily erudite gossip about fictional characters.
Giulia
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!
Andrea
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have to be honest – I only read three of the six essays in this book because I've only read three of the six books these two are discussing – but they were enchanting. For anyone who has ever found themselves eavesdropping on other people's conversations in coffee shops, this book has that delicious feel of being a fly on the wall while far more interesting and knowledgeable people natter on. Both authors have done great prep and the "essays" are literally transcribed conversations with a mini ...more
Chanson Vanessa
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best and most readable Literary Criticism pieces I've ever come across with. The conversation being between two women, it goes without saying that the feminist undertow figures strongly. Nothing radical is presented, at least not the in-your-face kind, although for female readers, the seemingly innocuous ideas would rightly come across as stronger than they would the casual (read: male--no offense meant) reader.

In a nutshell, the two authors discuss books written by women
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Jenniffer
Aug 05, 2007 marked it as to-read
I have to read a few more of the novels discussed in the essays(6 I think). I have never read any George Elliot or Jane Austin(I know I should be beaten.)So it will be awhile before this moves to the read shelf.
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Ellen Marcolongo
Makes me want to read (or re-read) these great women writers. The authors delve deeply into each author & each character they created.
Meg
Nov 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
...if only because it came in ridiculously handy when I was asked to give a paper on Women's Lit. ;)
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A.S. Byatt (Antonia Susan Byatt) is internationally known for her novels and short stories. Her novels include the Booker Prize winner Possession, The Biographer’s Tale and the quartet, The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower and A Whistling Woman, and her highly acclaimed collections of short stories include Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Ey ...more
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