Body Art

Body Art Damien, A Gynaecological Consultant And Lapsed Catholic, Replaces Christian Icons With Modern Art He Worships The Absence Of God In The Abstract Staining Of Paint And Ink But When A Vagrant Young Art Student Shows Up In The Ward, He Once Has Cause To Question His Personal And Aesthetic Convictions Part Of The Storycuts Series, This Short Story Was Originally Published In The Collection Little Black Book Of Stories

Margaret Drabble, over the alleged appropriation of a family tea set in one of her novels The pair seldom see each other and each does not read the books of the other.Married1st, 1959, Ian Charles Rayner Byatt Sir I C R Byatt marriage dissolved 1969 one daughter one son deceased 2nd, 1969, Peter John Duffy two daughters.EducationSheffield High School The Mount School, York Newnham College, Cambridge BA Hons Hon Fellow 1999 Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia, USA Somerville College, Oxford.Academic Honours Hon Fellow, London Inst., 2000 Fellow UCL, 2004Hon DLitt Bradford, 1987 DUniv York, 1991 Durham, 1991 Nottingham, 1992 Liverpool, 1993 Portsmouth, 1994 London, 1995 Sheffield, 2000 Kent 2004 Hon LittD Cambridge, 1999PrizesThe PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Of Fiction prize, 1986 for STILL LIFEThe Booker Prize, 1990, for POSSESSIONIrish Times Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize, 1990 for POSSESSIONThe Eurasian section of Best Book in Commonwealth Prize, 1991 for POSSESSIONPremio Malaparte, Capri, 1995 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, California, 1998 for THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE S EYEShakespeare Prize, Toepfer Foundation, Hamburg, 2002 Publications The Shadow of the Sun, 1964 Degrees of Freedom, 1965 reprinted as Degrees of Freedom the early novels of Iris Murdoch, 1994 The Game, 1967 Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1970 reprinted as Unruly Times Wordsworth and Coleridge in their Time, 1989 Iris Murdoch 1976The Virgin in the Garden, 1978 GEORGE ELIOT Selected Essays, Poems and Other Writings , 1979 editor Still Life, 1985Sugar and Other Stories, 1987 George Eliot selected essays, 1989 editor Possession a romance, 1990Robert Browning s Dramatic Monologues, 1990 editor Passions of the Mind, essays , 1991 Angels and Insects novellae ,1992The Matisse Stories short stories ,1993 The Djinn in the Nightingale s Eye five fairy stories, 1994Imagining Characters, 1995 joint editor New Writing 4, 1995 joint editor Babel Tower, 1996 New Writing 6, 1997 joint editor The Oxford Book of English Short Stories, 1998 editor Elementals Stories of fire and ice short stories , 1998 The Biographer s Tale, 2000 On Histories and Stories essays , 2000 Portraits in Fiction, 2001 The Bird Hand Book, 2001 Photographs by Victor Schrager Text By AS Byatt A Whistling Woman, 2002Little

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    Lost FaithWhat s my religion None I m an atheist Should the conversation go deeper, it may be relevant to mention I was raised an Anglican I know many former Anglicans who identify as atheist or agnostic But non believers who were raised as Roman Catholics invariably identify as some sort of Catholic, usually lapsed They can t shake off the label of the religion they no longer follow.Dr Damian Becket is weighed down by his inability to free himself from the faith he no longer believes in His way of life still ran furiously along the narrow channels cut by his upbringing He long ago separated from his wife, but considers himself hopelessly and helplessly married and is repelled by a woman s intimate piercings because they remind him of the crucifixion.Bodies and ArtHe s a gynaecologist with a passion for art He discovered colour and worshipped the absence of God in the material staining of paint and ink He s on the hospital s art committee, including responsibility for a Victorian benefactor s collection of medical curiosities Take it a step further and use medical parts as art Shocking and AwfulBut disturbing art is not the dark aspect of this story It took a very unexpected turn in a veiled, understated way No magic corporeal nastiness of an all to real kind Perhaps this was less controversial in 2003, but now, it almost needs a trigger warning view spoiler The doctor is an abuser Torn between two women, he sleeps with the one he knows is medically damaged and emotionally vulnerable Her pregnancy is almost miraculous He bullies her into carrying the baby to term He oversaw X s pregnancy in a manner both cunning and draconian , ignoring ethics, acting paternalistically to her, even though he s the father of her baby The defiance had gone out of her and was replaced by an unnerving combination of resignation and fear He s adamant that the baby must be born, even if he raises it alone He chooses the nanny who expresses an interest in art, especially colour I was uncertain whether Byatt was making a case against abortion, or against virulent anti abortionists The plot of the final story of the collection this was published in see note below , suggests a compassionate interpretation hide spoiler

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