Janet Frame’s World of Books

Patricia Neville

ibidem Press

Janet Frame’s World of Books

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9783838212425

272 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $40.00

Pub Date: February 2020

ISBN: 9783838272429

272 Pages

Format: E-book

List Price: $26.99

Janet Frame’s World of Books

Patricia Neville

ibidem Press

This study investigates how Janet Frame weaves together literary sources from her extensive reading to create a web of intertextual relationships. Patricia Neville traces Frame’s passion for books beginning with her childhood and earliest published work in the Otago Daily Times. Drawing on new research and through close readings of Frame’s novels, she discusses the effects of Frame’s borrowings from the Bible and Shakespeare and from writing from New Zealand, Britain, France, and the United States. It is a fascinating read not only for scholars but for all admirers of Frame’s fiction.
Patricia Neville has lit up Frame’s writing world for me more vividly than any of the many who have tried to write about this complex, challenging writer. Everything becomes new in her fresh approach, making this the only place to start for old Frame hands and young ones, too. All this by answering a simple question: "What did this writer read?" Patrick Evans, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
From the moment she could read, Janet Frame had been engaged in a constant dialogue with those who, like her, had chosen to live in "the City of Words". Janet Frame’s World of Books picks up almost one by one all the many-layered borrowings and echoes so delicately woven into the rich fabric of her novels. It also examines a large number of translations of her work and their critical reception. An insightful and richly-documented study, Patricia Neville's book will delight not only scholars, but all the admirers of Frame’s fiction. Jeanne Delbaere, Professor Emerita of English Literature, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

About the Author

Patricia Neville studied at London University, Goldsmiths’ College, and then became a teacher of English in secondary and adult education. She first encountered Frame’s novels while on a holiday in New Zealand and was inspired to embark on her own study of Frame’s reading patterns and literary borrowings. Her doctoral study on Frame’s novels for the Open University took her back to New Zealand for archival research. This book is the outcome of her explorations, scrutinies, and analyses.