Morpho Eugenia

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Morpho Eugenia
Author A. S. Byatt
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Novella
Publisher Chatto and Windus
Publication date
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")
OCLC 27749969
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 Conjugal 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.