Reference : "A Growth to Understanding": An Interview with Caryl Phillips about Biographical Fiction
Scientific journals : Other
Arts & humanities : Literature
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/232781
"A Growth to Understanding": An Interview with Caryl Phillips about Biographical Fiction
English
Ledent, Bénédicte mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Langue et linguistique anglaises modernes >]
Tunca, Daria mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Langue et linguistique anglaises modernes >]
Phillips, Caryl []
In press
Journal of Commonwealth Literature
SAGE
Illuminating Lives: The Biographical Impulse in Postcolonial Literatures
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0021-9894
1741-6442
United Kingdom
[en] Caryl Phillips ; biographical fiction ; fact and fictoin ; Dancing in the Dark ; Bert Williams ; A View of the Empire at Sunset ; Jean Rhys
[en] Starting from the recognition of a biographical impulse in the work of Caryl Phillips, this interview
focuses on his practice of biographical fiction. Among the issues raised are the increased popularity
of life writing, the tension between fact and fiction at the heart of biographical narratives, the
linguistic exactitude involved in focusing on historical characters, the role of research in the
exploration of human lives, and the importance of emotional truth in novels that deal with famous
individuals. This conversation sheds light on Phillips’s specific approach to biofiction, particularly
in his novels Dancing in the Dark (2005) and A View of the Empire at Sunset (2018), while also
providing readers with a more general reflection on the genre in the postcolonial field.
CEREP (Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Etudes Postcoloniales)
Researchers ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/232781
10.1177/0021989418814586
https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0021989418814586

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