‘Cold Reading A. L. Kennedy’s The Blue Book.’

Bennett, Alice (2015) ‘Cold Reading A. L. Kennedy’s The Blue Book.’. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 56 (2). pp. 173-189. ISSN 0011-1619

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Abstract

This article looks at the use A.L. Kennedy’s most recent novel, The Blue Book (2011), makes of practices associated with mind reading in both narrative fiction and the performances of stage mediums. Kennedy’s novel takes mediums’ techniques of cold and warm reading and embeds them into its own narrative technique. These techniques are analysed here in terms of current narratological debates about second-person narration and mind reading in unnatural narrative, but also in the context of recent European legislation that has reclassified the legal status of mediumship performances.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction on 26/02/15, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00111619.2013.870878
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > English
Depositing User: Ann Houghton
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 15:24
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 15:24
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/627

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