This is the first edited collection of essays which focuses on the incest taboo
and its literary and cultural presentation from the 1950s to the present day; it
considers a number of authors rather than a single author from this period. This
study discusses the impact of this change in attitudes on literature and
literary adaptations in the latter half of the twentieth century, and early
years of the twenty-first century. Although primarily concerned with fiction,
the collection includes work on television and film. This collection will
enhance the growing academic interest in trauma narratives and taboo-literature,
offering a useful contribution to a fast-evolving field of artistic criticism
which is concerned with the relationship between social issues and creativity.
Authors discussed include Iain Banks, A.S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Simone de
Beauvoir, Ted Hughes, Doris Lessing, Ian McEwan Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov,
Andrea Newman and Pier Pasolini and Sylvia Plath.