|Author||A. S. Byatt|
|Publisher||Chatto and Windus|
|19 October 1992|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||256 pp (first edition, hardback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-7011-3717-7 (first edition, hardback) (part of "Angels & Insects")|
|Dewey Decimal||823/.914 20|
|LC Class||PR6052.Y2 A83 1992b|
Morpho Eugenia is a 1992 novella by A. S. Byatt first published in complete form with The Conjugial Angel as Angels & Insects. It details the key events of the life of a Victorian naturalist, William Adamson, at first seemingly struggling to move up in class and settle down with a beautiful, mysterious aristocrat, Eugenia. When he begins a study of garden ants with the household tutor, Matty Crompton, he discovers the endless layers of interpretation that hide truths (but not The Truth) behind what he has taken for granted about God, science, England, gender, and family.
The novella is notable for its use of blend of postmodern and Victorian fiction, as well as philosophy and science. However, its integral use of hybridity, reflexivity, and hypertextuality make it a postmodern work overall.
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