1st Edition

Origin and Ellipsis in the Writing of Hilary Mantel
An Elliptical Dialogue with the Thinking of Jacques Derrida

ISBN 9780367202125
Published April 16, 2019 by Routledge
196 Pages

USD $155.00

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Book Description

Origin and Ellipsis in the Writing of Hilary Mantel provokes a re-engagement with Derrida’s thinking in contemporary literature, with particular emphasis on the philosopher’s preoccupation with the process of writing. This is the first book-length study of Mantel’s writing, not just in terms of Derrida’s thought, but through any critical perspective or lens to date.

Table of Contents

Understanding Ellipsis as a Burst Full Stop

1. ‘She is no writer of the Gothic’: Exploding the criticism as origin

2. Fludd: Exploding the gothic as origin

3. Beyond Black: Exploding the body as origin

4. Giving Up the Ghost: Exploding the autobiography as origin

5. Eight Months on Ghazzah Street and A Change of Climate: Tracing the silence in Mantel’s corpus

6. Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies: An Elliptical Reading

7. ‘There are no endings. They are all beginnings’: Giving up as gift


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Eileen Pollard is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Chester, UK.