PHOTOTEXTUALITY AS A PHENOMENON OF PRESENT-DAY BRITISH PROSE
Volha Sudliankova, Belarus, ID CLEaR2016-336; Like many other world literatures the English literature of the last few decades has been marked by an intensive search for new narrative techniques, for innovative ways and means of arranging a plot and portraying characters. Many present-day English writers turn to photography for the renewal of its sources and forms. The interaction of literature and photography has led to producing a hybrid, a ‘photo-literature’ or ‘phototextuality’. Suffice it to cast a glance at several novels (e.g. The Dark Room (2001) by R. Seiffert, The Rain Before It Falls (2007) by J. Coe, etc.) published round the year 2000 to see that incorporation of photographic images into fiction allows writers to use new means of organizing literary texts, to employ non-conventional devices of structuring a plot and delineating personages as well as to pose various problems of aesthetic, ethical, ideological nature. A brief survey of the novels shows how popular phototextuality is with contemporary writers, how diverse their ways and purposes of employing photography are.
Key words: English literature, narrative techniques, photography, phototextuality.
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